Ole Miss To Play In 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam
Nick Williams and Dundrecous Nelson (AP)

May 16, 2011

SEATTLE - As it has done each of the last four seasons, the Ole Miss men's basketball team will be heading to a tropical beach locale for an early-season tournament during this upcoming season. The Rebels have been selected to play in the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands, to be held Nov. 18-21 on the island of St. Thomas.

Andy Kennedy's team is one of eight NCAA division I teams from eight different conferences participating in the 12th annual event, including Marquette (Big East), Virginia (ACC), TCU (Mountain West), Drake (Missouri Valley), Drexel (CAA), Winthrop (Big South) and Norfolk State (MEAC).

Ole Miss and Marquette both earned berths to postseason tournaments this past season. Marquette advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament before falling to North Carolina, while Ole Miss made it to the NIT.

The Rebels' first game in the U.S. Virgin Islands will tip off on the Friday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 18, against the Drake Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic time. Drake was an NCAA Tournament team as recently as 2008.

Two games will be played daily on Nov. 19 (losing teams from Nov. 18) and two more on Nov. 20 (winning teams from Nov. 18). The final day of competition on Nov. 21 will be structured similar to the first day, with game times set for 2 p.m. (7th and 8th place), 4:30 p.m. (4th and 6th place), 7 p.m. (3rd and 5th place) and the championship game at 9:30 p.m.

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.

Game times are subject to change.

Last year, Old Dominion defeated Xavier for the Paradise Jam crown. Clemson came in third and Seton Hall fourth.

For ticket and travel information, visit the official site of the Paradise Jam.

 

 

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