Duke University is offering a three-week study abroad program to help its basketball team prepare for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
According to the university, the program will consist of five full-time academic advisers who will provide guidance to the Duke team for the duration of the program.
The advisors will work closely with the team’s coaches to support the players’ preparation.
The coaching staff will also provide input into the program’s content and activities.
“We believe this program will help our basketball team build confidence and become more of a cohesive unit during the upcoming NCAA Tournament,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement.
“We are excited to provide our players with a chance to experience Duke’s culture and culture of camaraderie and work together to win.”
The team will travel to Miami in the fall to participate in a pre-tournament workout and then head to Columbus, Ohio, to face Villanova on Oct. 27.
Duke will play at the Palestra on Nov. 10, while Villanova will play on Nov, 18.
The program is a partnership between Duke and the University of Miami.
Duke is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the ACC Tournament’s conference champions.
The Duke Basketball Program’s goal is to build an identity for its players to achieve in the NBA and college basketball, Cutcliffe told reporters last week.
The Cavaliers are currently ranked in the top half of the ESPN.com Power Rankings.
The Blue Devils defeated Duke by 13 points in a game that was tied at 77 with 2:18 left in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ win over Miami on Nov 25.