Calipari: Summer tour to test Cats

While continuing to rehab from his recent hip replacement surgery, John Calipari talked about plans for his next UK team and other college basketball topics during a lengthy appearance Monday on an ESPN podcast with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg.

The Kentucky coach said plans are being finalized for a summer exhibition tour that will take the Wildcats to Atlantis in the Bahamas. The NCAA allows programs to take one such trip every four years. The Cats last participated in a foreign trip when they played a series of games in Canada prior to the 2010-11 season.

"I'm going to have 10 days of practice with our team, maybe without Willie (Cauley-Stein, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the NCAA Tournament)... and then we'll be playing some national teams who can beat us."

Calipari declined to reveal what national teams UK would be playing, but he said some will feature NBA players and all were capable of beating the Cats. "We should go 0-6," he said.

The UK boss added that the games were less important than the 10 days of practice time that the Cats will get. He said this year's team should be further developed than last year's due to players returning to the roster and newcomers getting the extra practice time.

CLICK HERE to hear the entire ESPN podcast. Calipari's segement begins at the 29:45 mark and touches on other topics like NBA jobs, college officiating and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

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