Pairings announced for Paradise Jam

April 18, 2017

The Vanderbilt women already knew the “where” part of the equation. Now, they also know the “who” and “when.”

The pairings for the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam were announced Tuesday by the tournament’s directors — and the Commodores learned that they will face George Washington on Nov. 23 in their tourney opener.

Vanderbilt is one of eight women’s teams that will compete in the 18th annual Paradise Jam, held Nov. 17-25, 2017 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. There will also be eight teams in the men’s field. Full tournament brackets can be found HERE and additional information on the tournament can be found HERE.

The women’s tournaments will take place Thursday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. The tournament fields includes Butler, Drexel, George Washington, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The women’s tournaments feature two four-team divisions competing in round-robin play for separate tournament championships.

Butler, West Virginia, Drexel, and Virginia Tech will compete in the Paradise Jam Island Division. Vanderbilt, George Washington, Wisconsin, and Syracuse will compete in the Paradise Jam Reef Division.

The opening day of the Island Division will feature Butler vs. West Virginia and Drexel vs. Virginia Tech. Second-round matchups include West Virginia vs. Drexel and Virginia Tech vs. Butler on Nov. 24. In the final day of the Island Division on Nov. 25, the Bulldogs will face the Drexel Dragons and West Virginia will face the VT Hokies.

Vanderbilt and George Washington will tip off the women’s Reef Division, Nov. 23, followed by Wisconsin vs. Syracuse. In second-day action George Washington will face the UW Badgers and Syracuse will face Vanderbilt. The 2017 Paradise Jam will conclude Nov. 25 with Vanderbilt vs. Wisconsin and George Washington vs. Syracuse.

Game times and viewing options will be announced at a later date.

The men’s tournament, held Friday, Nov. 17 through Monday, Nov. 20, features Colorado, Drake, Drexel, Houston, Liberty, Mercer, Quinnipiac, and Wake Forest. Teams will compete in a bracket-style tournament over the four-day event.

Mercer will tip off against Liberty in the opening game of the 2017 men’s Paradise Jam. Drexel and Houston face each other in the second game of the afternoon session, before Quinnipiac and Colorado compete in the first game of the evening session. Drake and Wake Forest will conclude opening-day action in the final matchup of the day.  

Losing teams will compete in their second game the following day, Saturday, Nov. 18. Winning teams will have a one-day respite, before facing off in the semifinals, Sunday, Nov. 19. All teams will return to the UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Monday for the championship round. The seventh-place game will open the final day of competition, followed by the fourth-place game, third-place game, and championship game to crown the 2017 men’s Paradise Jam champion   

About Paradise Jam
All games will be played at the Sports and Fitness Center at the University of the Virgin Islands campus. The $11-million Sports and Fitness Center was built in 2001 with a capacity of 3,500, and recently underwent renovations including a new hardwood floor, new scoreboard, and fiber-optic internet connectivity.  



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