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Monday, April 30, 2012

Marist added to Paradise Jam field

Maybe UConn and Marist will play after all, only not in Storrs, Hartford or Poughkeepsie, N.Y. but in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

When I went to the MAAC tournament championship game and spoke with Marist coach Brian Giorgis I asked him about the possibility of agreeing to the non-conference game with UConn. He said that UConn calls nearly every year but until the Huskies agree to come to Marist as part of the deal, the Red Foxes won't be playing in either Storrs or Hartford.

Well perhaps the problem has been worked out. Marist has been officially named as one of the teams playing in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands in November. UConn has also agreed to be one of the eight teams to play in the event. While it is not guaranteed that UConn and Marist would be placed in the same bracket, it would be smart scheduling by tournament organizers if that is the case.

Marist becomes the sixth team officially announced as part of the women's field. DePaul, Hampton, Purdue and Wake Forest are also in the field. Since UConn and DePaul both play in the Big East, naturally they won't be placed in the same bracket. The Paradise Jam will be played from Nov. 22-24. The teams are split into two groups of four teams and each team will play the other teams in the bracket with the winner determined by the results in round-robin play.

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