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Kentucky Women to Face South Florida, UCLA, North Carolina in U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thanksgiving will look a little different for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team this year as the Wildcats will travel to play in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam from Nov. 22-24 at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas Island.

The women's Paradise Jam tips off on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 and concludes Saturday, Nov. 24. UK will be in the Island Division with South Florida, UCLA and North Carolina. The Wildcats will begin the event vs. USF before a battle vs. UCLA on Friday. Kentucky will conclude the event Saturday against North Carolina. All three games will tip at 1 p.m. ET with UK being the home team vs. UCLA and UNC and the visitors vs. USF. Ole Miss, Purdue, St. John's and UConn will play in the Reef Division in the night sessions.

All 24 games of the men's and women's Paradise Jam will stream live on FloHoops at To access the live event coverage and replays of the tournament, users must sign up to become FloPRO subscribers on

Kentucky won the Paradise Jam title in its last appearance in the event in 2014, defeating Oklahoma and South Florida in the Reef Division. Makayla Epps was named the MVP of the tournament while Jennifer O'Neill was on the all-tournament team. This will be the third time the Wildcats have participated in the event.

Tournament directors are in the process of evaluating the feasibility of offering official fan travel packages for the 2018 Paradise Jam. More information will be made available in the future. For more information about the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam and a printable bracket, please visit

Kentucky is expected to release its full non-conference schedule soon.

Complete 2018 Women’s Paradise Jam Schedule

Nov. 22, 2018

Kentucky vs. South Florida at 2 p.m.

North Carolina vs. UCLA at 4 p.m.

St. John’s vs. Purdue at 6:30 p.m.

Ole Miss vs. UConn at 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 23, 2018

UCLA vs. Kentucky at 2 p.m.

South Florida vs. North Carolina at 4 p.m.

Purdue vs. Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m.

UConn vs. St. John’s at 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 24, 2018

North Carolina vs. Kentucky at 2 p.m.

South Florida vs. UCLA at 4 p.m.

St. John’s vs. Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m.

Purdue vs. UConn at 8:30 p.m.

All game times subject to change

All times Atlantic Standard Time (EST +1)

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