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Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament Tips Off Friday at UVI

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The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 2018 Paradise Jam beginning Friday, Nov. 16, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus. The highly anticipated basketball tournament tips off at 2 p.m. with the men’s games when Oregon University goes up against Old Dominion University. This year’s men tournament will also include teams from Kennesaw State University, Missouri University, Northern Iowa University and Penn, Eastern Kentucky and Kansas University. The championship men’s game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. 

The action in the women's tournament begins on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, and continues to Saturday, Nov. 24. The women’s tournament will feature two divisions, Island Division and Reef Division. In the Island Division are Kentucky University, South Florida University, North Carolina University and University of California Los Angeles. The Teams playing in the Reef Division are St. John’s University, Purdue University, Ole Miss and University of Connecticut.   

“Our UVI coaches and administration are very excited about Paradise Jam. This is my first year being involved with the planning and preparation of Paradise Jam and we have been working hard and long hours to ensure a successful event,” said Althletic Director, Wilberto Ramos. “Our students and student athletes are excited about the tournament and are looking forward to seeing the UVI Buccaneers play on Saturday night.” 

 “We are bringing a well-trained staff with exceptional service and a great facility, the Sports and Fitness Center, which is undergoing major improvements for the tournament,” Nels Hawkinson, chief executive officer of Basketball Travelers said.

“It’s a surreal experience to be back. Canceling the tournament last year was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make. In January, we made a commitment that we would come back this year because the Virgin Islands needed us and we needed the support of the Virgin Islands,” said Tournament Director, Jennifer Ashby,  

In 2017, Paradise Jam was cancelled, after the Virgin Islands was struck by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The men’s tournament was hosted at Liberty University in Virginia while the women’s tournament was hosted by George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia.  

"Although we had to relocate the tournament last year because of the storms, we really wanted to keep the Virgin Islands flavor of the tournament. We still called it the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam and encouraged fans to donate to our hurricane relief fund for the USVI,” said Director of Media and Communications, Jim Crawford. “Our company, Basketball Travelers, donated $25,000 to the relief efforts and the university that hosted the event donated all of the ticket sales to the recovery process, as well." 

Media Coverage 

Paradise Jam will livestream on UVI’s official Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/UVI.edu/FloSports, a subsidiary company of FloHoops will also livestream each game of both the men’s and women’s tournaments via www.paradisejam.comThe UVI student-run radio station, WUVI - 97.3 FM will provide live radio broadcast and commentary for each game.  The games will also be radio broadcasted by each of the competing teams’ official university radio station.  

Men’s Basketball Schedule 

Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. - Oregon vs. Old Dominion  

Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. – Kennesaw vs. Missouri   

Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Northern Iowa vs. Penn  

Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m. – Eastern Kentucky vs. Kansas  

 

Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2  

Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4  

 

Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2  

Nov. 18 at 8:30 p.m. - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4  

 

Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. - 7th and 8th Place  

Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. - 4th and 6th Place 

Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. - Consolation (3rd place/5th place) Game 

Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. - Championship Game 

Women’s Basketball Schedule 

Nov. 22 at 2:00 p.m. – Kentucky vs. South Florida 

Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. – North Carolina vs. UCLA 

Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. – St. John’s vs. Purdue 

Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. – Ole Miss vs UConn 

 

Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. – UCLA vs. Kentucky 

Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. - South Florida vs. North Carolina 

Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Purdue vs. Ole Miss 

Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m. – Uconn vs. St. John’s 

 

Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. – North Carolina vs. Kentucky 

Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. – South Florida vs. UCLA 

Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. – St. John’s vs. Ole Miss 

Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. – Purdue vs. UConn 

UVI Men’s Bucs Basketball to Play on Saturday 

Fans of UVI’s Buccaneers basketball will see their team come up against Johnson University of Miami, Florida at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 during the men’s round of this year’s Paradise Jam.  

UVI supporters are encouraged to share their Paradise Jam experiences on UVI’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uvi.edu and on Twitter at  www.twitter.com/UVI_edu and follow the handle @UVI_edu. 

Paradise Jam tickets are available at the UVI Bookstore, Urban Threadz and at the door. Tickets prices are: adults - $15 and seniors or military personnel - $10. UVI students, faculty and staff as well as students and teachers across the U.S Virgin Islands will pay $5 with a school ID.  

For more information, visit www.paradisejam.com.