Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball announced their non-conference slate to complete the 2019-20 schedule on Saturday. The Retrievers will once again be playing in a tournament overseas, this time at the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic in late November.
UMBC will open the new campaign at home against the University of Valley Forge on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in a double-header with the women's team. Later that week, the Retrievers will travel to Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 9 before returning to Baltimore to face St. Mary's Maryland as part of the Jamaica Classic on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
After that, UMBC hosts Georgian Court University on Nov. 16 before embarking on a three-game road swing. The Retrievers will face LSU (Nov. 19) before facing Eastern Michigan and Nicholls State in Jamaica on Nov. 22 and 24. The game with LSU will also be a part of the Jamaica Classic.
Both games in Jamaica will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network from the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The tournament will consist of eight teams with North Carolina A&T, Rhode Island, North Texas, and Utah State joining the Retrievers, LSU, Eastern Michigan, and Nicholls State.
UMBC closes out a busy November by welcoming Drexel to the Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The month of December will see the Retrievers stay closer to home, with their farthest road trip to Northern Virginia. UMBC opens the month at American on Tuesday, Dec. 3 before hosting Saint Francis (PA) that Saturday. Just a few days later the Dawgs make the trek up I-695 to take on rival Towson on Dec. 10 before hosting Coppin State on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Just two days later, UMBC will take on Georgetown at Capital One Arena in D.C. before facing George Mason on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Fairfax. The Retrievers close out the non-conference against Penn State-York on Monday, Dec. 30.
The team already announced the 16-game America East slate that opens with a game against UMass Lowell on January 4 at the UMBC Event Center.
For the complete schedule, visit http://www.umbcretrievers.com/sports/mbkb/2019-20/schedule.
About the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic:
In its third year, the annual pre-season college basketball tournament will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from November 22-24, 2019, in one of the most iconic destinations in the Caribbean. With its picturesque beaches, modern resorts, and exciting nightlife, Montego Bay is one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations – and a great setting for the 2019 Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic.
In addition to UMBC, seven (7) other universities round out the host and travel teams participating, including Louisiana State University (LSU), University of North Texas, Utah State University, University of Rhode Island, North Carolina A&T State University, Nicholls State University, and another school TBA. Eight (8) tournament games will be held on the four (4) host campus sites and eight (8) games at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica.
Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James and is also Jamaica's only other officially incorporated city, referred to as The Second City or more widely known as MoBay in local lingo and sometimes Bay by the locals. From reggae to dancehall, few countries are so defined by their music as Jamaica. For its size, the country produces more music than any other place on earth and its beats and bass. Additionally, Jamaica is home to some of the finest golf courses and resorts in the Caribbean. The Caribbean has been a favorite golf destination for years: balmy nights, emerald ocean waters, lilting sounds of distant steel drums and ever-pervasive tropical atmosphere is not only relaxing but inspiring too. Montego Bay also boasts Doctor's Cave beach, one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for its clean and beautiful waters. It is open to the public as well as to members of the Doctor's Cave Bathing Club where the whole family can have fun by renting a snorkel and scuba gear to explore the expansive world beneath the surface.
For fans looking to attend this annual tournament and cheer on the UMBC Retrievers, Official Travel Packages can be found at https://www.jamaicaclassic.com/hotel-packages/. Fans can learn more about tournament information, accommodations, ground transportation, tickets, and more by visiting http://www.jamaicaclassic.com.
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