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Storm damage forces Paradise Jam out of Virgin Islands

In this March 14, 2017 file photo, Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning walks off the court during halftime of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Kansas State in Dayton, Ohio. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
In this March 14, 2017 file photo, Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning walks off the court during halftime of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Kansas State in Dayton, Ohio. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
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MIAMI – The Paradise Jam basketball tournament will not be played in the U.S. Virgin Islands this year because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

The tournament will be played in the U.S., with a new site expected to be announced by Sept. 29.

The Paradise Jam field this year includes Wake Forest, Colorado, Drake, Drexel, Houston, Liberty, Mercer and Quinnipiac, and each of those schools was given the chance to bid for the right to host the tournament.

Tournament officials say they looked at multiple other options, such as moving to another island and using a cruise ship for accommodations, before deciding to move the event to the U.S.

For now, the tournament is scheduled to be played from Nov. 17-20.

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