In its second year, the annual pre-season 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 extremely excited to go down to Jamaica," said fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips. Any time you get a chance to play a team from a high-profile conference on a neutral court, it's a tremendous positive. The location isn't half bad, either. It's going to be a great weekend for us. We get two home games out of it, too. Overall, a terrific setup for us, and it fits with our theme of always trying to play good teams on neutral courts when we do travel."
In addition to Ohio, seven (7) other universities round out the host and travel teams participating, including Austin Peay State University, Campbell University, Central Connecticut State University, Florida A&M University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, and University of South Florida. Eight (8) tournament games will be held on the four (4) host campus sites and eight (8) 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 State
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 State
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.
For fans looking to attend this annual tournament and cheer on the Ohio Bobcats, 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.
We hope to see you in Jamaica with us this November – GO BOBCATS!
ABOUT OHIO UNIVERSITY
Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where more than 40,000 students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders. OHIO is committed to fostering, embracing, and celebrating diversity in all its forms. Our Athens Campus offers students a residential learning experience in one of the nation's most picturesque academic settings. Additional campuses and centers serve students across the state, and online programs further advance the University's commitment to providing educational access and opportunity. Visit www.ohio.edu for more information.
The Ohio men's basketball team has won 67 games over the past four seasons under head coach Saul Phillips and made back-to-back Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal appearances in 2016 and '17. The Bobcats advanced to the College Basketball Invitational Semifinals in 2016. Ohio has tallied 10 All-MAC selections over the last four years under Phillips. Returning for the Bobcats in 2018-19 will be senior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) – an All-MAC Honorable Mention selection each of the past two seasons – as well as guard Teyvion Kirk (Joilet, Ill.), who garnered MAC All-Freshman Team honors in 2017-18. Also returning for Ohio next season is forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), who missed all but three games last year due to injury after earning a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2016-17.
ABOUT SUPERIOR SPORTS MANAGEMENT
Superior Sports Management (SSM) is a sporting event organizer who creates world-class events in top locations globally. With a team of former coaches and sports business leaders who understand sports and sport tourism, SSM has created destination basketball tours, pre-season basketball tournaments and stand alone games in the Caribbean, Europe and across the United States. Specializing in college basketball, and the creator of the Jamaica Classic, SSM is making waves with the Jamaica Classic one of the elite NCAA pre-season tournaments, giving teams the highest level of competition and customer service along with a true international cultural experience just an hour south of Miami.
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