It has been known for a while that the National Champion Villanova Wildcats would be heading to Spain. On Friday, details from campus emerged about Nova's European Summer Trip.
The 'Cats will head to España on August 2nd with a first stop in Barcelona where they will play an exhibition on August 5th. Jay Wright will then take the squad to the capital, Madrid, where 'Nova will play two additional exhibitions on Sunday the 7th and the following Tuesday, August 9th.
All three of Villanova's exhibitions will be against "select" teams comprised of players from Liga ACB, Spain's top professional league.
There was a thought that NC State was going to start a trend when they canceled their European plans this summer due to "unrest". Jay Wright told ESPN Andy Katz that 'Nova didn't "have any second doubts", but Villanova is bringing their own security.
Foreign trips also allow those teams to hold an extra 10 team practices. This extra time will help integrate the new players (and those with limited action) Omari Spellman, Dylan Painter, Tim Delaney, transfer Eric Paschall, and Donte DiVincenzo into the team under the pressure of playing legitimate competition as the 'Cats take to the hardcourt without Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu for the first time. Additionally, the squad is able to bond as a team as they experience the foreign travel.
Teams can go on a foreign soil excursion once every four years. Five years ago Wright took 'Nova to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands to play in EuroJam.
No streaming, audio or video, will be available for these exhibitions.