Texas Longhorns men’s basketball is set for a late summer jaunt to Australia, AKA Oz AKA Down Under, for a slate full of sightseeing and exhibition games against local competition.
The official itinerary kicks off Aug. 12 when the ‘Horns leave Austin, and ends with the return date Aug. 23.
Tour stops will include Eureka Tower and Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Kuranda Village and the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, and Bondi Beach and Sydney Aquarium in Sydney.
Local professional teams on the tour include Dandedong Rangers (Aug. 15), Melbourne United (Aug. 16), Cairns Taipans (Aug. 18) and Wollongong Hawks (Aug. 21). All tipoffs are set for 7 p.m. local time in Australia.
It’s just the second overseas summer tour by a UT men’s basketball team. Interestingly enough, the first one was also to Australia ahead of the 1996-97 season.
The team should be well prepared as all student-athletes participated in a five-week class worth one credit hour on Australian history and culture earlier this summer. And no, you’re not the only one who wishes you could hop into a carry-on bag and tag along.