TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team will embark on a 10-day trip to Italy starting Memorial Day.
Rose-Hulman will depart from Chicago on Monday and arrive in Rome on Tuesday morning. The team will tour Rome for two days, before taking on Smit Roma in an exhibition contest at 9 pm local time on Wednesday May 29.
The trip continues with a tour of Vatican City before the team departs for Florence. After two more days of tours, including a basketball skills clinic with local youth, Rose-Hulman will face Olimpia Legnaia in a second exhibition game at 7:30 pm on Sunday June 2.
The tour concludes with a tour of Venice on Tuesday June 4, before the team arrives back in Chicago on June 5.
Rose-Hulman's 2019 tour of Italy continues a tradition of foreign travel that began nearly 40 years ago under the direction of head coach John Mutchner. Jim Shaw continued the tradition in his 20-year era, and Rusty Loyd has led the team on trips to Germany/Czech Republic in 2015 and now Italy in 2019. Previous stops abroad have included France (2011); China and Japan (2007); London and Greece (2003); Japan (2000); and Italy (1997). Under Mutchner, Rose-Hulman was the first United States college to play an exhibition game in the former Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s.