The University of Michigan announced today that the basketball program will be taking a foreign trip to Spain. The Wolverines will have stops in Madrid and Barcelona and will play three exhibition games overseas between August 17th and 26th.
Here’s the formal announcement.
University of Michigan David and Meredith Kaplan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Tuesday, June 26) his 2018-19 Wolverine squad will participate in a foreign tour of Spain, Aug. 17-26, with stops in Madrid and Barcelona. While on the trip the Wolverines are scheduled to play three exhibition games.
“Having the opportunity to take a trip like this is going to make for a lasting memory for our players,” said Beilein. “We are allowed to make these trips once every four years, so this will be our third trip in my time at Michigan. Each trip has proven to be a wonderful educational experience for our student-athletes. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the Spanish culture, as well as bond and grow together as a team. It will also assist us in our preparation for a very challenging 2018-19 schedule. We are very excited for Team 103; this is a fantastic way to start the upcoming season.”
Funded by private supporters through the U-M Athletic Development department, the foreign tour is the third for the Maize and Blue under Beilein, following trips to Belgium in 2010 and Italy in 2014. The NCAA allows programs to take a foreign tour every four years, and teams are granted 10 extra practices in the summer to prepare.
Further details will be released when available. Wolverine fans will be able to follow U-M’s trip to Spain via MGoBlue.com, Twitter, Facebook