2007 Paradise Jam Tournament

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Paradise Jam Tournament
Teams8 men's, 10 women's
Finals siteSports and Fitness Center
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Paradise Jam Tournament

The 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament was a men's and women's preseason college basketball tournament that took place in Saint Thomas at the Sports and Fitness Center. Baylor won the men's division while Connecticut won the women's St. Thomas Division and Wake Forest won the women's St. John Division.

Men's Tournament[edit]

Bracket[edit]

2007 men[edit]

Baylor Team Photo 2007, Paradise Jam Tournament winner
First Round
November 16
Semifinals
November 18
Championship
November 19
         
  Charlotte 77
  Georgia Tech 82
  Georgia Tech 73
  Winthrop 79
  UIC 58
  Winthrop 72
  Winthrop 54
  Baylor 62
  Baylor 64
  Wichita State 55
  Baylor 68
  Notre Dame 64
  Monmouth 33
  Notre Dame 76
3rd Place game
   
  Georgia Tech 70
  Notre Dame 69
Consolation 2nd Round 5th Place Game
      
  Charlotte 64
  UIC 63
  Charlotte 56
  Monmouth 58
  Wichita State 50
  Monmouth 59
7th Place game
   
  UIC 60
  Wichita State 67

Women's Tournament[edit]

UConn team photo 2007, Paradise Jam Tournament winner

In 2007, the Tournament consisted of one division with four teams, and another division with six teams. The St. John division, with four teams, played a round robin, with each team playing each other on 22, 23 and 24 November. The St. Thomas division was organized into two sub-divisions, Reef and Island. Three teams were assigned to each, and they played each other in a round robin, with one off day. The results were used to seed the teams, and on 25 November, championship games, as well as games for third and fifth place were played.

Participating Teams[edit]

St. Thomas Division:[1]

  • Reef Sub-Division
    • Purdue
    • Duke
    • Temple
  • Island Sub-Division
    • UConn
    • Stanford
    • Old Dominion

St. John Division:[1]

  • Wichita State
  • Indiana
  • Texas A&M
  • Wake Forest

Overview[edit]

St. Thomas Division[edit]

In the opening rounds, Duke beat Purdue and Temple to go 2–0 in the Reef division, while Connecticut beat Stanford and ODU to go 2–0 in the Island division. The match up between Stanford and Connecticut involved two of the top teams in the nation, with Stanford ranked 4th and UConn 2nd in the nation. The Huskies started out strong, opening up a 22–8 lead and went on to win 66–54. Freshman Maya Moore was the leading scorer with 19 points.[2]

The Duke-Purdue match up also featured two top 25 teams with Duke ranked 8th and Purdue 20th. Duke held Purdue to 29% shooting and won the game 53–41.[3]

The Championship game matched up the two 2–0 teams, Duke and Connecticut. UConn pulled out to a 16-point lead by halftime, and extended the lead by another ten points in the second half. This was the first meeting between the two team since the prior year, when Duke won in overtime in the regional final to deny Connecticut a trip to the Final Four.[4]

St. John Division[edit]

In the opening round Wake Forest beat Indiana 55–53, while Texas A&M beat Wichita State 70–36. In the second round Indiana beat Wichita State 64 015054, while Wake Forest beat Texas A&M 53–46.

On the final day, Wake Forest beat Wichita State 54–47 to finish with a 3–0 record and win the 2007 Paradise Jam Championship (St. John). Texas A&M beat Indiana 60–48 to earn the third place finish.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tournament History & Statistics". Basketball Travelers, Inc. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Moore's double-double helps UConn dump Stanford". ESPN. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Thomas, Black help extend No. 8 Duke's start to 4–0". ESPN. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  4. ^ "No. 2 UConn convincingly drops No. 8 Duke from unbeaten ranks". ESPN. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Women's "St. John" Division 2007" (PDF). Basketball Travelers, Inc. Retrieved 28 December 2012.[permanent dead link]