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Nov. 22, 2002 — The 2002 Paradise Jam, the NCAA Division I holiday tournament that UVI has hosted since 2000, opens with men's tournament action Friday, Nov. 22, on St. Thomas, with a game between St. Bonaventure and Virginia Tech at 6:15 p.m. at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The evening continues with an 8:30 p.m. game between BYU and Toledo.
The six men's squads involved represent Brigham Young University, Kansas State University, the University of Michigan, St. Bonaventure University, the University of Toledo and Virginia Tech University. Women's teams will be visiting from the University of Arkansas, Boston College, top-ranked Duke University, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, the University of Oregon and the University of South Carolina.
This year's men's games run Nov. 22, 23, 24 and 25. The women's games run Nov. 28, 29 and 30.
The scheduled match-ups are included on the Calendar page of the UVI Athletics Web page. Click on these direct links to the UVI Athletics page and to the UVI Athletics Calendar.
Paradise Jam tickets cost $5 for UVI students with ID, $10 for V.I. residents with ID and $40 for non-residents. Basketball fans were also invited to a special public party with players and coaches from a number of the participating teams beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Havensight Mall. Included were sessions to meet players and coaches, clinics and a free-throw contest.
The tournament is sponsored by the U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Department, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort, Avis, Cingular Wireless, Coca-Cola, Knight Quality Stations, Havensight Merchants and Professional Association, The Greenhouse Restaurant, Antilles School, TV2, Business World, Cool Signs and the V.I. Daily News. It is presented by Basketball Travelers, Inc., a national tour and tournament organizer.
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