High Point to Play in 2018 Bimini Jam
HIGH POINT, N.C.—The High Point University men’s basketball team will participate in the 2018 Bimini Jam Nov. 16-19 at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini, Bahamas.
The Panthers will compete in the inaugural Bimini Jam along with Air Force, South Dakota and UMBC. The tournament has a round robin format with the champion determined by overall record.
High Point’s first matchup will be against South Dakota on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., following the game between Air Force and UMBC, set for 3:30 p.m. Winners from the opening round will return to action Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m. Losers will face off the following day, Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. All four teams will conclude the tournament Monday, Nov. 19 with games scheduled for 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Ticket information will be released at a later date.
Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, boasting miles of pristine beaches. Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini showcases the history and culture of the Caribbean. Visitors from around the world travel to Bimini to enjoy its warm weather, expansive beaches, and crystal clear waters.
South Dakota finished 2017-18 with a 26-9 record and an 11-3 record in the Summit League. The Coyotes fell to South Dakota State in the Summit League tournament final.
Air Force concluded the 2017-18 campaign with a 12-19 record while going 6-12 in the Mountain West Conference.
UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the men’s NCAA Tournament when it upset No. 1 Virginia, 74-54, in March. The Retrievers, who won the America East tournament title, went 25-11 overall in 2017-18.
The 2018-19 Panthers will be in its first season under new head coach Tubby Smith. HPU went 14-16 (9-9 Big South) in 2017-18.