The field of eight will play three games each. The tentative dates for the event are Nov. 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2018. Complete pairings will not be announced until the summer of 2018.
“We are thrilled to be participating in the 2018 Paradise Jam,” McHale said. “I have been fortunate enough to participate in it twice and can’t wait to take the Colonels to the Virgin Islands.”
Accommodations, ground travel and ticket packages will be available for Colonel fans through Basketball Travelers, Inc.
The eight participants in last year’s field included Seton Hall, Illinois State, Old Dominion, Clemson, Gardner-Webb, LSU, Weber State and Nevada. The 2015 field includes DePaul, Florida State, Hofstra, Indiana State, Norfolk State, Ohio, South Carolina and Tulsa.
“We will play against top-notch competition and our players and fans will be treated to an amazing experience,” said McHale. “We look forward for the EKU faithful joining us and being a part of something special.”
The Colonels participated in the 2005 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. EKU nearly beat Wisconsin in the first round before falling 95-89 in double overtime. Eastern then knocked off Norfolk State 67-60 before closing out play with a 76-68 loss to Georgia.
Season ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign will be available the first of September and season ticket renewal information will be sent out at the same time. For more ticket information contact the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122.