Wednesday, April 21, 2010

UVa., Va.Tech - bring basketballs and bathing suits

Virginia and Virginia Tech will spend part of their Thanksgiving Day on basketball courts in exotic locales.

Debbie Ryan's crew will join West Virginia, TCU and Iowa State - all 2009-10 NCAA Tournament qualifiers - in the Jam Division of the 11th annual Paradise Jam Nov. 25-27 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.

The schedule:

Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) - Virginia vs. Iowa State, 3:15 p.m. (EST)
Nov. 26 - Virginia vs. West Virginia, 1p.m.
Nov. 27 - Virginia vs. TCU, 1 p.m.

The Cavaliers last appeared in the Paradise Jam in 2005, when they finished second after dropping a 69-64 decision to Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech will join Iowa, Montana and Purdue in the Mar Division of the sixth annual Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico. We're not sure of the schedule yet, but the Hokies will play two games over the Nov. 25-27 time period.

In 2005, Tech defeated Western Michigan and Texas Tech in Cancun to improve to 10-0. The following week, the Hokies were elevated to the No. 25 slot in the Associated Press poll.

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