The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team is used to playing across West End Avenue from the Parthenon.
Next month, the Commodores will visit the original Greek temple.
Vanderbilt will travel to Greece and Italy for a 10-day foreign tour, including four international games, from Aug. 10-20. The NCAA allows teams a foreign trip every four years. Vanderbilt last went overseas in 2009 to Australia.
The team will spend three days in Athens and play two games against the Athens All Stars, who consist of professional and pro-am players from the area. While also there, the Commodores will visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon. They will also visit Delphi, Olympia and Patra, Greece before taking an overnight cruise to Italy.
They’ll visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, tour the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. They’ll spend a day touring Rome and make stops at the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Vanderbilt will also play two games against Perugia Basket.
“First, and foremost, I want to go over there and win,” senior guard Kyle Fuller said. “On top of that, I want to sightsee and see things that I'd never get to see. This sport brings you so many places that you've never been before. This is like the preseason for us, where we'll get to know each other better and spend some quality time together. I'm really looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Vanderbilt’s last international trip proceeded one of the more successful seasons in coach Kevin Stallings’ 15-year tenure. After returning from Australia, the Commodores started the 2009-10 season with a 16-3 mark and won 24 games before falling to Murray State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.