Return to Paradise!

Jays Look to Repeat at the Paradise Jam.

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Nov 29, 2021 – Big East Report Jays at the 2021 USVI Paradise Jam

This episode is also available as a blog post: https://bluenotes2.com/2021/11/29/nov-29-2021-big-east-report/
  1. Nov 29, 2021 – Big East Report
  2. Early Season Update
  3. Return to Paradise!
  4. 2021 Bluenotes NCAA Basketball Preview
  5. Hilltop’s Future is Bright & Bloomin’

Welcome back to the Sun n Fun Headquarters. The legendary USVI Paradise Jam, 2021 Edition.

I can’t think of a better place for a November college hoops MTE than St Thomas, USVI. Warm, with white sand beaches, the amenable and hospitable Islanders, and all of the holiday amenities and fare. Holiday Hoops doesn’t get any better than this! Way to go Coach Mac and Jays. “A Hale & Hearty” thank you to St Thomas, the 51st State-US Virgin Islands, and the wonderful welcoming hospitality of its people.

Creighton returns as one of two former event champions. Creighton won the event in 2016, followed by the University of Colorado winning the next year – 2017. If either team wins it this year they will become the 1st repeat winner of this event. It should be noted that the Jays still hold several Paradise Jam records, held over from their last visit.

https://gocreighton.com/news/2021/11/17/mens-basketball-opens-paradise-jam-vs-brown-on-friday.aspx

Creighton’s Paradise Jam records include:

Paradise Jam History
Creighton is 3-0 all-time in one previous appearance in the Paradise Jam. The Bluejays won the title in November of 2016 when it beat Washington State (103-77), North Carolina State (112-94) and Ole Miss (86-77).
    Marcus Foster was named Tournament MVP for the Bluejays.

That’s My Jam
The last time Creighton was at the Paradise Jam in 2016, the Bluejays set 11 tournament records that still stand. Records set include:
13 Assists in a Game – Maurice Watson Jr.
40 Field Goals Made in a Game vs. Washington State
40 Field Goals Made in a Game vs. North Carolina State
25 Assists in a Game vs. Washington State
301 Points in a Tournament
100.3 Points Per Game in a Tournament
64 Assists in a Tournament
111 Field Goals Made in a Tournament
55.1 3FG% in a Tournament
56.5 FG% in a Tournament
44 3FG Made in a Tournament

Jays Seek History In Paradise
No school has ever won the Paradise Jam more than once.
    Of this year’s field 2016 champion Creighton, as well as 2017 champ Colorado, are both in the field.

Quote from: Gocreighton.com

The AP Poll has Colorado State as the 31st best team in the land, while the Jays are not listed. The Coaches Poll has Creighton as the 34th best team, with Colorado St 36th, Colorado 42nd. A very experienced, Sr. led, Brown University factors in as the Bears recently scared the crap out of the UNC Tarheels – in Carolina. Plus a good Duquesne squad and Northeastern University. Lastly, add in 2 of my old favs in the MVC schools Bradley and the Coach Bryan Mullins led SIU Saluki-dawgs and you’ve got a pretty good, even field. I’ll give the pre-Jam “best team” nod to Colorado State, as they have a veteran squad returning, while both former champs-Jays/Buffs are in “rebuild” mode, with 7+ new players each.

This should prove to be a very entertaining field for the 2021 USVI Paradise Jam.

Personally, I like the Jays to become the 1st repeat Paradise Jam Champions.

#RollDamnJays

Wait one…Just a cotton-pickin’ minute Fellas.

We’re ONLY 1 game in…

Vulture chowtime…

Witness the postgame podcast and you’d think we were in late February with a losing season… The breakdowns of all the mistakes and missteps in the game. The First Game of the season. Fellas, Please!

Jays have six new frosh (1 RS), 2 new transfers in (both Seniors), and 2 Med RS frosh coming off ACL’s. Of course it will take time for this group to mesh-to gel. Of course it is going to be a learning curve for all of these men to become familiar, let along comfortable, with a new system. Of course there is going to be a roller-coaster effect to begin the season-hopefully a short ride.

What’s it gonna be…

  • Our new guys are:
  • a) talented frosh who are smart and have played hoops at a high level.
  • b) Transfers with significant experience and winning ways at previous programs.
  • c) Individuals who have high BBIQs, are savvy players, and will pick up the system quickly, with minimal downsides.

White&BlueReview (WBR) and Polyfro have their excellent “Morning After” report…

Patience folks…

It’s the first week of the season…with 1 game under our belts. I implore you to bring a bit of patience to the party. There is plenty of time later on for critiquing the team, the system, and the teams execution of gameplans, etc. Wow!

#RollDamnJays!