It’s summer trip time for the schools whose four-year number is up, and social media is awash with teams having a great time abroad. Let’s check in on some of our mid-major schools and how they’re spending the end of their summer breaks.
Middle Tennessee is in Costa Rica getting ready for its second season under Nick McDevitt, and between jet skiing and visits to local schools they snuck in a game-winning buzzer beater last Sunday.
This is August.
What was once a double-digit deficit...— MT Basketball (@MT_MBB) August 12, 2019
Became a buzzer-beating game winner.
We'll explain shortly pic.twitter.com/ggQ7yW6Isw
Wright State grabbed three blowout wins during a tour of Italy, and visited the Coliseum. It’s a fine venue as far as coliseums go, but one that pales in comparison to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum where the Raiders will attempt to get back to the NCAA Tournament in March.
For our final day in Rome and in Italy all together we stopped by the Coliseum! It has been an exciting trip and we are sad to go, but we are ready to be back home! ✈️ #RaiderUP | #ForzaRaiders pic.twitter.com/nidJ6cpqra— Wright State MBB (@WSU_MBB) August 11, 2019
Valparaiso went north, coincidentally the same direction the Crusaders will try to go in the standings with plenty of new faces on the roster next season. And while in Canada they enjoyed that favorite Canadian past time no matter the time of year: white-water rafting. The rocky waters of the jumbled MVC now await.
The Crusaders also had some fun on the court, taking down Carleton College on a last-second scramble, and making the rare August college basketball SportsCenter appearance:
East Tennessee State visited Prague, much like Peter Parker and his classmates did in Spider-Man: Far From Home. No fire monsters to see here (thankfully), and the Bucs are visiting Germany and Austria ahead of another highly-anticipated Southern League season.
Stephen F. Austin is touring Spain and packing in plenty of sight-seeing, like Plaza Mayor in Madrid and Las Ramblas in Barcelona. After checking out some breathtaking pictures from Zaragoza, watch senior star Kevon Harris dunk all over the competition in Your High School Gym.
Zaragoza ✔️— SFA Basketball (@SFA_MBB) August 13, 2019
Awesome cultural and learning experience for your 'Jacks here on Day 6️⃣ of their international tour. Friendly and outstanding city!
Tomorrow, SFA continues action in Barcelona. Stay tuned for more. #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/ol6dxDNWO2
Howard is also in Spain, and is doing a great job capturing the trip on Instagram.
Stony Brook is another school currently on the Iberian Peninsula, and got to see one of the world’s most famous sporting venues. You might call Elijah Olaniyi the Wolves’ Lionel Messi, and he talked about the trip with us here in our summer travel blog series.