Teams George Mason will be playing while in Italy

During the team’s tour of Italy they will play the following teams:

Lombardia, Livorno, Vemsistemi Forli, and Paffoni Omenga

As you can see I only found a link for two of the teams because the other two are city names in Italy. But we do know that all the teams the Patriots will be facing are professional and will be an excellent test. The other benefit of this trip is that the team gets to hold regular practices (as we posted yesterday) when they normally would not be allowed to before they depart for Italy.  Teams are only allowed to do this type of deal once every four years.

Update on team’s trip to Italy

Last month we first heard about the teams plans to head to Italy this August for a tournament, and now we know it’s confirmed. Newcomers Bryon Allen and Jonathan Arledge just started taking summer classes and will be eligible to play in this tournament. The dates and the professional teams they will be playing will not be known til sometime in July but the team does know that they will be playing four games in three cities: Rome, Florence, and Lake Como. 

George Mason may play in Italy this August

Andy Katz had an article yesterday with some notes that included information about how the NCAA allows teams to play in a foreign tour once every four years. In August it appears George Mason will be playing in a tournament in Italy. By doing this they would be able to get some early experience for new incoming players (Allen, Arledge) as the rule also allows them to play as long as they have passed three summer credit hours. Between that and the Kenner summer league at Georgetown it should keep us somewhat occupied til the new season starts.

Update: After communicating with assistant coach Eric Konkol I’ve learned that the trip is not 100% official yet but plans are still in the works.  The overall appeal of the trip is the chance for the team to go up against “four very good professional Italian teams”.