EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T State University is proud to announce they will be among the eight-team field in the 2019 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic, November 22 and 24 in Montego Bay.
The hottest event in college basketball is entering its third year and will take place 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 world’s most popular tourist destinations – an ideal setting for the 2019 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic.
“I think playing in Jamaica is going to be an excellent opportunity for our young men and our coaching staff,” said Jay Joyner, who is entering his fourth full season, fifth overall, as N.C. A&T’s head coach. “We are excited about not only about the great competition we will face, but we look forward to the trip giving us a chance to bond as a team while our student-athletes educate themselves on the tradition and culture of Jamaica.”
In addition to NC A&T State University, the 2019 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic field will feature seven other premier programs, from college basketball’s top conferences. Opponents, dates and times for NC A&T’s games in the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic will be released soon.
The Jamaica Classic tournament has brought much success and high-intensity performance over the last two years with expectations high coming into the third year. In past tournaments, teams have defied the odds and gained much success in their conference's postseason tournaments. In 2017, Florida State was crowned the champion of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic putting them on the fast road to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
For the third consecutive year, all eight games played in Jamaica will be broadcast to over 60 million subscribers on CBS Sports Network. The 24-hour home of CBS Sports is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers.
In 2017, Florida State was crowned champion of the inaugural Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic in a season that saw the Seminoles make a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Loyola Marymount Lions of the West Coast Conference upset Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas en route to the 2018 title.
Other past Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic participants include Colorado State (Mountain West Conference), South Florida (American Athletic Conference), Miami (OH) and Ohio (Mid-American Conference), among others.
Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James, widely known as MoBay by the locals. From reggae to dancehall, few countries are so defined by their music as Jamaica. The island nation produces more music than just about any other place on earth. MoBay is also home to the finest golf courses and resorts in the Caribbean.
For fans looking to attend this annual tournament and cheer on the NC A&T Aggies, 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 Aggies!
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, doctoral high-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and a constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is in Greensboro, North Carolina. The University sponsors 17 varsity sports.
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