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Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament Tips Off Friday at UVI

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 the 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 Athletic 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.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.