Men’s Tournament- The eight NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams participating in the 15th annual event include Clemson, Gardner Webb, Illinois
February 3, 2014 – Seattle, Washington
Men’s Tournament- The tournament directors at Basketball Travelers Inc. officially announced the 2014 fields of the Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The eight NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams participating in the 15th annual event include Clemson, Gardner Webb, Illinois State, Louisiana State, Nevada, Old Dominion, Seton Hall, and Weber State. The men’s tournament takes place annually the week before Thanksgiving and this year will be held November 21-24 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
This year’s tournament features two alumni teams. Clemson has been to the islands twice before, placing 2nd in inaugural men’s tournament in 2001 and 3rd in 2010. Old Dominion will try to become the first Paradise Jam two-time Champion, winning their first in 2010. In 2005 they fell just short of a championship, losing to Wisconsin in the championship game.
Women’s Tournaments- The following week features the two women’s tournaments, comprised of 4 teams in each tournament. The eight NCAA division I women’s basketball teams participating in the 15th annual event include Clemson, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida Gulf Coast, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Florida, and Wichita State. The women’s tournaments are held the annually the week of Thanksgiving with the 2014 dates being November 27-29 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
Teams returning to the islands for a second time are Oklahoma, South Florida, Wichita State, Florida Gulf Coast, and Kentucky.
The Paradise Jam, held annually at the University of the Virgin Islands, has become one of the premier pre-season destination tournaments for men’s and women’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 Sports 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 natural beauty that has made the U.S. Virgin Islands one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.