The Central Connecticut men's basketball team has announced its participation in the 2018 Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. In its second year, the annual preseason college basketball tournament will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from November 16-18, 2018, in one of the most iconic destinations in the Caribbean. With its picturesque beaches, modern resorts, and exciting nightlight, Montego Bay is one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations – and a great setting for the 2018 Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic.
"We're looking forward to playing in the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic," said CCSU head coach Donyell Marshall. "It will give our team a chance to go against some really good competition and have the experience of travelling to Jamaica. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and the tournament."
In addition to CCSU, seven other universities round out the host and travel teams participating, including Austin Peay State University, Campbell University, Florida A&M University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, Ohio University, and University of South Florida. Eight tournament games will be held on the four host campus sites and eight games at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica.
All games played in the Montego Bay Convention Centre will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. Below is an outline of the schedule for each day's game play:
Friday, November 16
11:30 am - Austin Peay vs. Central Connecticut
2:00 pm - FAMU vs. Campbell
4:30 pm - Ohio vs. South Florida
7:00 pm - Georgetown vs. Loyola Marymount
Sunday, November 18
12:00 pm - Georgetown vs. South Florida
2:00 pm - Austin Peay vs. Campbell
6:30 pm - Ohio vs. Loyola Marymount
9:00 pm - FAMU vs. Central Connecticut
Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James and is also Jamaica's only other officially incorporated city, referred to as The Second City or more widely known as MoBay in local lingo and sometimes Bay by the locals. From reggae to dancehall, few countries are so defined by their music as Jamaica. For its size, the country produces more music than any other place on earth and its beats and bass. Additionally, Jamaica is home to some of the finest golf courses and resorts in the Caribbean. The Caribbean has been a favorite golf destination for years: balmy nights, emerald ocean waters, lilting sounds of distant steel drums and ever-pervasive tropical atmosphere is not only relaxing but inspiring too. Montego Bay also boasts Doctor's Cave beach, one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for its clean and beautiful waters. It is open to the public as well as to members of the Doctor's Cave Bathing Club where the whole family can have fun by renting a snorkel and scuba gear to explore the expansive world beneath the surface.
Fans looking to attend this annual tournament and cheer on the CCSU Blue Devils, Official Travel Packages can be found at https://www.jamaicaclassic.com/hotel-packages/. Fans can learn more about tournament information, accommodations, ground transportation, tickets, and more by visiting http://www.jamaicaclassic.com.
ABOUT CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university dedicated to learning in the liberal arts and sciences and to education for the professions. Comprising four schools — Business; Education & Professional Studies; Graduate Studies; and Engineering, Science & Technology, in addition to the Carol Ammon College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences — CCSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Master's and sixth-year levels and the EdD in Educational Leadership. Committed to offering Connecticut citizens access to distinctive academic programs of high quality, the University is also a responsive and creative intellectual and economic resource for the people and institutions of our state. More than 85 percent of CCSU graduates remain in Connecticut, contributing to the intellectual, cultural, and economic health of the state.
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