The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic to Hightlight CBS Sports November Coverage of NCAA College Basketball With Exciting Match-Ups in Paradise
Beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica will serve as the backdrop for the start of the 2019-20 College Basketball season
NEW YORK, NY (October 16, 2019) – The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic, one of the top College Basketball pre- conference season events, announced match-ups and tip-off times today for the third installment of the tournament to take place November 22 and 24 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
Headlined by Southeastern Conference power Louisiana State, who made a run to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Mountain West Conference leader Utah State, Conference USA title contender North Texas and Atlantic 10 traditional power Rhode Island, the Jamaica Classic promises to provide an intriguing and exciting start to the College Basketball season.
Rounding out the eight-team Jamaica Classic field are Nicholls State out of the Southland Conference and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) of the America East, who recorded one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history during the 2018 NCAA Tournament when as a sixteen seed, they defeated the top ranked Virginia Cavaliers in the first round. Mid-American Conference (MAC) stalwart Eastern Michigan and North Carolina A&T, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), one of the leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) leagues in college athletics, will also compete for the Jamaica Classic championship.
Fans interested in traveling to Montego Bay to follow their team and enjoy the beauty of one of the world’s top vacation destinations, can visit JamaicaClassic.com and click on the ‘Book Travel Now’ button for information on all-inclusive travel packages, including VIP hospitality and premium level game tickets.
The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic returns to CBS Sports Network for the third consecutive year, with all eight Championship round games of the of the event televised live from Montego Bay. CBS Sports Network recently announced its strongest College Basketball schedule to date, showcasing more games than ever before. Action includes conference and non-conference match-ups from the American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mid-American, Mountain West, NEC, Pac-12, Patriot League, SEC, Southland and West Coast Conference.
Action in the Jamaica Classic begins on Friday, November 22 with an 11:30 a.m. ET tip-off between the Nicholls State Colonels and North Carolina A&T Aggies. The first day of games culminates with the marquis match-up of the event, when the LSU Tigers and Utah State Aggies take the floor at 7 p.m. ET. Action resumes Sunday, November 24 at Noon ET, when NC A&T battles the Eastern Michigan Eagles, followed by an SEC vs. A-10 tilt, when LSU and Rhode Island square off at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The 2019 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic Game Schedule Friday, November 22
Game #1 – Nicholls State vs. North Carolina A&T* – 11:30 a.m. ET
Game #2 – UMBC* vs. Eastern Michigan – 2 p.m. ET
Game #3 – North Texas* vs. Rhode Island – 4:30 p.m. ET
Game #4 – LSU* vs. Utah State – 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, November 24
Game #5 – North Carolina A&T vs. Eastern Michigan* – 12 p.m. ET
Game #6 – LSU vs. Rhode Island* – 2:30 p.m. ET
Game #7 – North Texas vs. Utah State* – 6:30 p.m. ET
Game #8 – Nicholls State* vs. UMBC – 9 p.m. ET
In addition to staging a world-class, international sporting event, the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic has committed to helping grow the game of basketball throughout the island country. Partnering with the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Ministry of Sport and the Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA), over 1,000 youth to date have participated in basketball skills clinics, received backpacks and schools supplies and been guests of the Jamaica Classic to watch the games, creating a once in a lifetime experience. Equipment and apparel, including basketballs, practice gear, goals, backboards and other items have been donated to JABA and other youth organizations, including the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Montego Bay.
The first two editions of the Jamaica Classic served as springboards for teams that went on to experience post-season success. The Florida State Seminoles, champions of the inaugural Jamaica Classic, made a run to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Last year, the South Florida Bulls used their experience in Montego Bay as the backbone of a season that saw them record a school-record 24 victories and take home the College Basketball Insider (CBI) Tournament championship.
Other notable participants in the third-year event include Georgetown (Big East), Colorado State (Mountain West), Loyola Marymount (West Coast Conference), Miami (OH) (MAC), Tulane (American Athletic Conference) and Ohio (MAC). In addition, the 2018 tournament featured the Campbell Camels and Chris Clemons of the Big South, who finished his collegiate career as the third all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I College Basketball history, trailing only LSU’s ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich and Portland State’s Freeman Williams.
For more information and updates on the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic, visit Jamaicaclassic.com. The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic is a production of Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment.
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