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Once every four years, college basketball programs are allowed to go abroad (an NCAA provision), and compete against foreign clubs or universities. It’s an all-around good deal. The players get to travel somewhere neat (yay culture!), play ball and build chemistry; it’s also valuable for the coaches, who get 10 extra practices, and the opportunity to see how their team will mesh a few months before the actual season gets started up.
In years past, several ACC programs have done something of this sort. NC State went to Spain prior to the 2012-13 season; in 2011, Duke went to China and the UAE.
Wake Forest and Virginia are the two programs currently in action. While the two teams are in two totally different locations — the Demon Deacons are in the Bahamas, the Cavaliers in Spain — there’s one similar trend taking place: so far, transfer players have led the way.
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