The summer tours to places south for U-Sport men’s basketball programs continue as Carleton Ravens will visit U.S. Virgin Islands (located in the Caribbean Sea southeast of Puerto Rico) for four games in five days in mid-August. Coach Dave Smart’s team will play the following schedule:
Monday, August 14th, 2017: Carleton vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC)
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017: Carleton vs. Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky)
Thursday, August 17th, 2017: Carleton vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC)
Friday, August 18th, 2017: Carleton vs. James Madison Dukes (CAA)
Vanderbilt (19-16 overall last season) is coached by Bryce Drew who some may recall was the hero as a players many years ago when he hit a buzzer beating shot for Valparaiso in the NCAA tournament. The Commodores advanced to the SEC tournament semi-finals this past March before losing to Arkansas and then fell short after staging a late comeback to lose by two in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Northeastern this past March. Vanderbilt did sweep three games from SEC power Florida Gators, who entered the NCAA tournament ranked #20 and lost only 7 games overall last season.
Northern Colorado finished 11-18 overall last season including 7-11 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears, from Greely, CO, did not participate in the Big Sky tournament this past season as a result of a self-imposed post-season ban amid an ongoing NCAA investigation into program violations.
Carleton’s final opponent on the tour, James Madison Dukes from the Colonial Athletic Association have a decidedly international flavor to their roster with at least 5 foreign players. JMU, from Harrisburg, VA, finished 10-23 overall including 7-11 in the CAA this past season, losing in the second round of the conference tournament as the #7 seed to #2 seed College of Charleston who went on to lose in the conference championship game against UNC-Wilmington.
We hope to have more details on this tour as it potentially becomes available.