LEXINGTON, Ky. – It won’t be able to replace the paradise that’s just outside the arena, but for Kentucky men’s basketball fans who are unable to make it to the Bahamas in August for UK’s foreign exhibition tour, they’re still in luck: The SEC Network will televise all four games from the Atlantis on Paradise Island.
The ESPN college basketball crew of Tom Hart (play-by-play), Seth Greenberg (analyst) and Dan Dakich (analyst) will be on the call to bring fans all the game action, live from the Bahamas.
Additionally, the UK Sports Network, with Voice of the Wildcats Tom Leach and UK Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Pratt on the mic, will broadcast all four games on 630-WLAP, its affiliates across the state, on UKathletics.com and the UK Athletics app.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage will also be available on UKathletics.com and CoachCal.com.
With TV and radio coverage finalized, tip times for all four games have been set. The first three games will tip at 7 p.m., with the finale on Aug. 12 slated for 4 p.m.
A full schedule of the games is below.
Aug. 8 7 p.m. Bahamas Nat'l Team SEC Network
Aug. 9 7 p.m. San Lorenzo de Almagro SEC Network
Aug. 11 7 p.m. Mega Bemax SEC Network
Aug. 12 4 p.m. Team Toronto SEC Network
Tickets and hotel accommodations are still available for fans to join the Wildcats on Paradise Island for the Wildcats’ four-game, eight-day trip from Aug. 6-13 as UK trains and prepares for the 2018-19 season.
Travel packages, which vary from as little as $188 to $438 per night for a stay at the Cove at the Atlantis, are available and include a variety of options. Fans won't have to leave to resort as all games will be played at the Atlantis Imperial Arena, where Kentucky played Arizona State during the 2016-17 season.
Rates range from:
• Beach at Atlantis: $188
• Coral at Atlantis: $192
• Royal at Atlantis “Official UK Team Tower”: $327
• Reef at Atlantis: $361
• The Cove at Atlantis: $438
Rooms at the Atlantis can be booked online at AtlantisBahamas.com/UK or by calling 1.800.285.2684. Fans must stay at the Atlantis resort for entry into games. Tickets can only be purchased if you have a room reservation at the Atlantis. You may purchase tickets online through the UK Ticket Office via the exclusive link at AtlantisBahamas.com/UK once you have booked your room reservation in the Kentucky block.
Tickets are not included with hotel packages and must be purchased separately. Ticket books are priced at $400 each and will include entry into all four games. Children under the age of 2 will not require a ticket for admission. Tickets will be mailed upon purchase. All seating is general admission, except those held for team guests. K Fund members interested in the exclusive travel package, including charter flight from Lexington, may call (859) 257-6300 for more information.
As aforementioned, fans must stay at the Atlantis to attend games. Four-night minimum accommodations at the Atlantis are available. Nights may be added to the stay before Aug. 6 or after Aug. 13. All taxes and fees are included when booking rooms. Official group transportation through Majestic Tours will be available for a special rate.
NCAA rules allow for a foreign tour by an intercollegiate team once every four academic years. Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour is a joint venture between Complete Sports Management and the Bahamas Basketball Federation.
The tour should prove to be instrumental in the early development of yet another young team that already has the likes of Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Utah and Seton Hall on its nonconference schedule.