Jamaica Classic Announced, LMU Selected as Hosts

June 28, 2018

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LOS ANGELES – Loyola Marymount University men’s basketball has been selected as one of four host institutions and one of eight programs set to compete in the 2018 Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic from November 16-18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

“One is, we are going off continent, so we get exposed to a new culture,” said Head Coach Mike Dunlap on reasons why the tournament will be beneficial to the Lions. “Two is, it is high in competition whether it is Georgetown or the other teams in involved. Three is, the travel element adds its own adversity, which I endorse, so it will grizzle us up for the WCC, which is one of the better leagues in the country.”

The Lions will share hosting duties with Georgetown University, Ohio University and the University of South Florida. The remaining four university participants will be announced at a later date. 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.

LMU and Georgetown have met one time, when the Hoyas were ranked No. 16 in the country on Dec. 15, 1979 at the Nike Cage Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Lions were barely edged by the ranked opponents, falling by six, 69-63. The Lions played South Florida in the 2005 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, to a four-point defeat, 54-50. LMU and Ohio University have never met.



This marks the second annual playing of the pre-season college basketball tournament at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Further information on game tickets, travel, and hotel packages can be found on the tournament’s website at jamaicaclassic.com.


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