Michigan hoops to take 10-day summer trip to Spain
Ann Arbor — The Wolverines are going to have to brush up on their Spanish.
The Michigan basketball team announced on Tuesday it will take a 10-day trip to Spain, with stops in Madrid and Barcelona, from Aug. 17-26.
This marks the third time Michigan coach John Beilein and his squad will travel to Europe in the summer. The Wolverines went to Belgium in 2010 and Italy in 2014.
"Having the opportunity to take a trip like this is going to make for a lasting memory for our players," Beilein said. "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."
The team is scheduled to play three exhibition games while on the tour. Beilein said he won't divulge all the details of what the team has planned for security reasons.
"My hope is that we're going to get beat every time over there," Beilein said. "I won't coach to lose, but I think the last time we did a trip we went to Italy and it was a fantastic cultural experience, but we won every game by 30 or 40 (points). It didn't get that team ready for New Jersey (Institute of Technology) and Eastern Michigan that year, and that changed our season a little bit.
"We're going to go there and I think we're going to play three pretty good teams and maybe play the same team twice if we feel it's the right matchup."
The trip, which is funded by private supporters through the athletic department, also will grant Michigan 10 extra practices and give Beilein and his staff more time to work with the highly touted freshman class of Ignas Brazdeikis, Brandon Johns, David DeJulius, Colin Castleton and Adrien Nunez.
"That's going to be big for them with no limitations on practice," Beilein said. "So that would be like, 'Hey, we're going to practice four hours and let's go watch film David, Iggy. Let's watch this Colin. I want you to watch what Moe (Wagner) did.'
"It's a lot of time in there that we can do things because once September comes around and now all of a sudden...we're going to be able to start practice. It's a great head start."