RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) – The most exciting 40 minutes in sports is taking their brand of basketball to paradise. Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball is gearing up for a trip to the Bahamas, leaving on Saturday to play exhibition games and gel as a team.

Since the Colonels are taking a team trip, they can practice 10 times this summer, per NCAA rules. The first of two open practices happened on Tuesday night, with a crowd showing up to get their first look at this season’s team.

For EKU, this trip isn’t about winning the games, which they plan to do, but more-so about the team finding chemistry on the court against an opponent other than themselves. “Being connected, having that bond, that family, that’s what you’ve got to have,” head coach A.W. Hamilton said. “When you think about a great team, a great everybody loves everybody. We’ve talked about becoming a player-led program, where all our guys can hold themselves accountable, then they can hold each other accountable.”

The Colonels will face the Bahamas National Team B on Aug. 1, and then take on Raw Talent Elite on August 3 before returning to Richmond on Aug. 4.