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Florida Gulf Coast missing some pieces for foreign trip

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Florida Gulf Coast v North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Antravious Simmons #32 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles reacts in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Florida Gulf Coast is taking a foreign trip to the Bahamas beginning tomorrow as they hope to get some experience before practice begins in the fall.

But the Eagles will be without a few key pieces for the trip, which means they’ll have to adjust and give some minutes to newer players. According to a report from Dana Caldwell of the Naples Daily News, big man Antravious Simmons will be out four-to-six weeks due to a back injury that includes some spasms.

Also potentially missing the trip for Florida Gulf Coast will be third leading scorer, sophomore point guard Zach Johnson and second-leading scorer, junior shooting guard Christian Terrell. Johnson is battling a foot injury that has kept him out of practices while Terrell has also been bothered by a foot injury that has limited his practice time.

Without two top returning scorers and an experienced big man, the Eagles will get a lot of reps with younger players during this trip and that could give those guys some valuable reps before the season starts.