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November 14, 2012, – St. Thomas, USVI – Basketball Travelers Inc. is proud to announce that the 13th Annual Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam will be live video streamed free of charge via ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1. CBS Sports Network is set to nationally broadcast six games of the Paradise Jam and those games will be available on the live video stream outside of the United States and Canada. All games not on CBS Sports Network will be available globally for free.
The men’s tournament, held November 16-19, features Connecticut, Iona, George Mason, Mercer, New Mexico, Quinnipiac, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wake Forest. Five of this year’s tournament entrants earned berths to post season tournaments in March. UConn enters the Paradise Jam 2-0 with an AP Ranking of 23rd in the Nation after starting the season upsetting #14 Michigan State in Germany.
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All game times are listed as Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time).
Men’s Basketball Live Broadcast Schedule
Nov. 16 at 2:30 PM –Mercer vs. George Mason – ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1
Nov. 16 at 5PM –UIC vs. New Mexico – CBS Sports Network (Stream outside U.S. and Canada)
Nov. 16 at 7:30 PM –UConn vs. Wake Forest – CBS Sports Network (Stream outside U.S. and Canada)
Nov. 16 at 10PM –Quinnipiac vs. Iona – ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1
Nov. 17 at 3:30 PM –Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1
Nov. 17 at 6PM –Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1
Nov. 18 at 7PM – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – CBS Sports Network (Stream outside U.S. and Canada)
Nov. 18 at 10PM – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – CBS Sports Network (Stream outside U.S. and Canada)
Nov. 19 at 3:30 PM –7th and 8th Place Game – ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1
Nov. 19 at 6PM –4th and 6th Place Game – ParadiseJam.com and Facebook.com/ParadiseJam1
Nov. 19 at 8:30 PM – Consolation (3rd place/5th place) Game – CBS Sports Network (Stream outside U.S. and Canada)
Nov. 19 at 11PM – Championship Game – CBS Sports Network (Stream outside U.S. and Canada)
Paradise Jam, held annually at the University of the Virgin Islands, has become one of the premier pre-season destination tournaments for men’s basketball. It is a multiple team event (MTE) tournament, counting only two of the three games against participants’ 29 allotted games. Hosted at the $11 million state-of-the-art UVI Sport and Fitness Center, Paradise Jam attracts thousands of tourists to the U.S. Virgin Islands each year while immersing participating fans and teams in the culture and travel experience that has made the U.S. Virgin Islands one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.
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October 31, 2012 – Seattle, Washington – Basketball Travelers Inc. is proud to partner with Ezybonds Global Payments to present the 2012 ‘Ezybonds Global Payments U.S Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The 13th annual tournament features 16 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s college basketball teams competing in the exotic island of St. Thomas for the championship of one of the most competitive tournaments of the year.
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The tournament features historic NCAA powers and conferences. UConn, Purdue, Depaul, New Mexico, Wake Forest, George Mason and South Caroline headline the field. The games will be televised on CBS Sports Networks, Sports New York and streamed worldwide via paradisejam.com.
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Men’s Tournament November 16-19, 2012
Women’s Tournaments November 22-24, 2012.
Men’s Field Announced for 2012 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament
June 4, 2012
Seattle, Washington – Basketball Travelers Inc. released the 2012 US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at University of the Virgin Islands basketball tournament field and bracket. The eight NCAA division I men’s basketball teams participating in the 13thannual event include UConn, George Mason, Iona, Mercer, New Mexico, Quinnipiac, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wake Forest. The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
Five of this year’s tournament entrants earned berths to post season tournaments in March. Three teams: New Mexico, UConn and Iona were invited to the NCAA tournament. New Mexico won their in the second round against Long Beach State but fell to Louisville by three points in its second tournament game. UConn fell to Iowa St. and Iona was defeated by BYU in their first tournament games. Mercer collected five straight wins in route to the CollegeBasketballInsider.com championship. Quinnipiac fell to Penn in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Although these five post-season tournament-hardened squads bring high expectations to the islands this November, they will be hard-pressed by the other three teams also seeking early season success, making the Paradise Jam one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.
The 2012 field includes three schools returning to the island for the Paradise Jam. UConn returns to the islands hoping to become the first two-time champion, by defending its 2008 Paradise Jam Championship. Iona finished participated in the 2008 tournament and University of Illinois at Chicago played in the 2007 event.
Tip off in the Virgin Islands will be November 16 with George Mason taking on Mercer at 2:30 pm, followed by University of Illinois at Chicago vs. New Mexico at 5:00 pm, Wake Forest vs. UConn at 7:30 PM and Quinnipiac battles Iona at 10:00 PM. Games in the US Virgin Islands use Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time). Two games will be played daily on November 17 (losing teams from Nov. 16th) and two more on November 18th (winning teams from Nov. 16th). The games on November 17th will be at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM, followed at 10:00 PM by a local game pitting the University of the Virgin Islands against a university team from Puerto Rico. The winner’s bracket games on November 18th will be played at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM. The final day of competition on November 19th will be structured similar to the first day, with game times set for 2:30 pm (7th & 8th place), 5:00 pm (4th & 6th place), and 7:30 pm (3rd & 5th place) with the championship game at 10:00 pm. Games in the USVI will be played at the state-of-the-art University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
In 2011 Paradise Jam action, Marquette defeated Norfollk State for the Paradise Jam championship. Ole Miss placed third followed by Virginia, TCU, Drake, Drexel, and Winthrop. Television and online streaming schedules will be released later this year. For the latest updates and information leading up to and during the tournament please follow the Paradise Jam on Facebook at facebook.com/paradisejam1 and on twitter @paradisejam. DOWNLOAD BRACKET
Women’s Field Announced for 2012 Paradise Jam Island Division Basketball Tournament
June 4, 2012
Seattle, Washington – Basketball Travelers Inc. released the 2012 US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at University of the Virgin Islands Island Division and Reef Division women’s basketball tournaments today. Each tournament is comprised of four NCAA division I women’s basketball teams. Participants in the Island Division Tournament include UConn, Marist, Purdue, and Wake Forest. Participants in the Reef Division Tournament include DePaul, Florida Gulf Coast, Hampton, and South Carolina.
The two tournaments should be the most competitive in event history as all eight of the tournaments’ participants earned berths in post-season tournaments in March. DePaul, Hampton, Purdue, UConn, Florida Gulf Coast, Marist, South Carolina all participated in the NCAA Tournament and Wake Forest participated in the Women’s NIT.
South Carolina and Hampton will make their 3rd trip to St. Thomas. South Carolina won the St. Thomas Division Tournament in 2002 and placed 3rd in the Island Division Tournament in 2000. Hampton competed in the 2002 St. John Division Tournament and the 2004 St. Thomas Division Tournament. Wake Forest was the St. John Division Champion in 2007 going 3-0. In 2007 UConn was the St. Thomas Division Tournament Champion and Purdue placed 6th in the same bracket. Wake Forest, UConn and Purdue all competed in the 2007 tournaments. Wake Forest won the St. John Division Tournament, while UConn captured the St. Thomas Division Tournament title.
Competition in the Reef Division Tournament begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 22th, at 2:15 PM with a matchup between Hampton and South Carolina, followed by the 4:30 PM game between Florida Gulf Coast and DePaul. The Island Division Tournament begins later that day at 7:00 PM as Wake Forest takes on UConn followed by Marist and Purdue at 9:15 PM. Games continue November 23rd and finish on November 24th. Please see brackets from each tournament for complete game times and pairings.
All game times are listed as Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Games will be played at the U.V.I.Sports and Fitness Center, the Caribbean’s premier basketball facility located in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
Television and online streaming schedules will be released later this year. For the latest information on everything happening in the US Virgins leading up to and during the tournaments please follow the Paradise Jam on Facebook at facebook.com/paradisejam1 and on Twitter @paradisejam. DOWNLOADS: Island Division Reef Division
Women’s Tournament Updates
Visit the Scores & Brackets Page for box scores and full schedule.
Champions – Alabama
2nd place – Seton Hall
3rd place – La Tech
4th place – Old Dominion
All Tournament Team
Tia Lewis, Old Dominion
Kiara Young, Louisiana Tech
Jasmine Crew, Seton Hall
Jasmine Robinson, Alabama
MVP: Ericka Russell, Alabama
Champions – Michigan
2nd place – Washington State
3rd place – Marquette
4th place – Prairie View A&M
All Tournament Team
Jeanette Jackson, Prairie View A&M
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette
Ashley Cook, Washington State
Jenny Ryan, Michigan
MVP: Courtney Boylan, Michigan
Saturday, November 26
Island Division Game 5 – Seton Hall (60) vs. Old Dominion (49)
Seton Hall improved to 2-1 in the tournament with a 60-49 win over Old Dominion. Jasmine Crew led the Pirates with 21 points.
Island Division Game 6 – Louisiana Tech (59) vs. Alabama (67)
Alabama defeated La. Tech, 67-59, winning the Island Division tournament. Jasmine Robinson led all scorers with 19 points. Erin Hogue set a new tournament record for most rebounds in a single game, with 18, as well as most rebounds in three games (39).
Reef Division Game 5 – Washington State (90) vs. Prairie View A&M (52)
Washington State defeated PVU, 90-52. Tia Presley scored 15 points in 15 minutes for the Cougars. Prairie View’s Michaela Burton led all scorers with 18 points.
Reef Division Game 6 – Marquette (51) vs. Michigan (71)
Michigan won the Reef Division of Paradise Jam, finishing 3-0 after beating Marquette, 71-51. Courtney Boylan led the Wolverines with 16 points.
Friday, November 25
Island Division Game 3- Seton Hall (56) vs. Alabama (62)
Alabama won in OT, 62-56. Aneesah Daniels led the Crimson Tide with 13 points. Seton Hall’s Jasmine Crew scored a game-high 17 points.
Island Division Game 4 – Old Dominion (71) vs. Louisiana Tech (84)
Led by Shantale Bramble-Donaldson, the Lady Techsters defeated Old Dominion, 81-74. ODU’s Tia Lewis was the game’s high scorer with 24 points.
Reef Division Game 3 – Prairie View A&M (51) vs. Marquette (71)
The Golden Eagles beat PVU, 71-51. Katherine Plouffe led all scorers with 22 points for Marquette. PVU was led by Jeannette Jackson’s 18 points.
Reef Division Game 4 – Michigan (69) vs. Washington State (39)
Michigan improved to 2-0 in the Paradise Jam Reef Division after a 69-39 win over Washington State. Courtney Boylan led the Wolverines with 17 points.
Thursday, November 24
Island Division Game 1 – Alabama (76) vs. Old Dominion (77)
The Lady Monarchs won with a last second shot over Alabama, 77-76. Tia Lewis scored 27 points for Old Dominion. Alabama’s Ericka Russell led all scorers with 29 points.
Island Division Game 2 – Louisiana Tech (69) vs. Seton Hall (72)
Seton Hall came from behind to beat Louisiana Tech, 72-69. Jasmine Crew scored a game high 35 points for the Pirates. Jasmine Bendolph led the Lady Techsters with 15 points.
Reef Division Game 1 – Michigan (59) vs. Prairie View A&M (53)
Michigan took down Prairie View A&M, 59-53, in the first game of the Reef Division. PVU’s Jeanette Jackson led all scorers with 17 points. Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 14 points.
Reef Division Game 2 – Marquette (52) vs. Washington State (59)
Led by Sage Romberg’s 19 points, Washington State defeated Marquette, 59-52. Chelsea Butler was was the high scorer for Marquette with 13 points.
Men’s Tournament Updates
2011 Final Tournament Standings:
2. Norfolk State
|Tournament MVP: Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette All Tournament Team:J.R. Cadot, TCU
Mike Scott, VirginiaTerrance Henry, Ole MissKyle O’Quinn, Norfolk StateJae Crowder, Marquette
2011 Game Scores/Highlights
Visit the Scores & Brackets page for box scores and full schedule.
Monday, November 21
Game 12: Norfolk State (57) vs. Marquette (59)
Norfolk State rallied in their second matchup against Marquette, but the Golden Eagles held on to win the 12th Annual Paradise Jam tournament, 59-57. Marquette was led by tournament MVP Darius Johnson-Odom with 20 points. Teammate Jae Crowder, who scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds in the game, was also named to the all-tournament team. Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn and Chris McEachin added 10 points each.
Game 11: TCU (69) vs. Mississippi (80)
Mississippi finished third in the tournament, defeating TCU, 80-69 . Ole Miss had five players in double digits, led by Murphy Holloway’s 20 points. TCU’s Amric Fields and J.R. Cadot led the team with 18 points apiece.
Game 10: Virginia (60) vs. Drake (52)
Virginia took fourth place in the tournament with a 60-52 win over Drake. Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with 18 points followed by Mike Scott’s 14 points. Ben Simons was the high scorer for Drake with 14 points.
Game 9: Drexel (68) vs. Winthrop (45)
Drexel finished the tournament in 7th place with a 68-45 win over Winthrop. Drexel had four players score in double digits: Frantz Massenat (23), Samme Givens (12), Derrick Thomas (12) and Dartaye Ruffin (10). Andre Jones was Winthrop’s leading scorer with 18 points.
Sunday, November 20
Game 8: Mississippi (66) vs. Marquette (96)
Marquette routed Mississippi, 96-66 in the last semifinal game. Jae Crowder led Marquette with 25 points and Darius Johnson-Odom had 20 points. Mississippi’s Terrance Henry had 19 points for the team.
Game 7: Norfolk State (66) vs. TCU (53)
Led by Kyle O’Quinn’s 17 points and 12 rebounds, Norfolk State defeated TCU, 66-53. Adrick McKinney was the high scorer for TCU with 15 points.
Saturday, November 19
Game 6: Drake (66) vs. Winthrop (62)
Drake defeated Winthrop, 66-62. Winthrop’s Reggie Middleton led all scorers with 26 points. Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer for Drake with 23 points.
Game 5: Drexel (35) vs. Virginia (49)
Led by Mike Scott’s 21 points and 10 rebounds, Virginia defeated Drexel, 49-35. Frantz Massenat was the leading scorer for Drexel with 12 points and Samme Givens had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Friday, November 18
Game 4: Winthrop (73) vs. Marquette (95)
Marquette started slow then had little trouble defeating Winthrop 95-73 in Game 4 at Paradise Jam. Winthrop’s Andre Jones led all scores with 29 points followed by Vander Blue with 26 points for Marquette.
Game 3: TCU (57) vs. Virginia (55)
TCU edged out Virginia, 57-55, after a late rally gave the Cavaliers an opportunity for a three pointer with one second left in the game. TCU’s Hank Thorn led all scorers with 16 points. Virginia’s Mike Scott and Joe Harris scored 13 points apiece in the loss.
Game 2: Drake (59) vs. Mississippi (63)
After trailing most of the game, Mississippi came back in the last two minutes for a 63-59 win. Drake’s Ben Simons led all scorers with 22 points, while Dundrecous Nelson and Jarvis Summers scored 16 and 14 points respectively for Ole Miss.
Game 1: Norfolk State (61) vs. Drexel (56)
Norfolk State handed Drexel its first loss of the season in the Paradise Jam opener with a 61-56 win. Drexel’s Damion Lee was the high scorer of the game, scoring 21 points. Chris McEachin led Norfolk State with 15.
Men’s Field Announced for 2011 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament
May 12, 2011
Seattle, Washington – The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2011 men’s basketball tournament field and bracket today. The eight NCAA division I men’s basketball teams participating in the 12th annual event include Marquette, Mississippi, Virginia, Drexel, Drake, TCU, Winthrop and Norfolk State. The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
Women’s Field Announced for 2011 Paradise Jam Island Division Basketball Tournament
May 18, 2011
Seattle, Washington – The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2011 women’s “Island” and “Reef” Division basketball tournaments fields and brackets today. The eight total NCAA division I women’s basketball teams participating in the 12th annual event include Louisiana Tech, Alabama, Seton Hall and Old Dominion (Island Division) and Marquette, Michigan, Prairie View A&M and Washington State (“Reef” Division). The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.