Syracuse WBB Will Play in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

If you've ever wanted to combine your love of Caribbean vacations with your passion for watching Syracuse basketball, boy, do I have some news for you.

The sun never sets on the ever-growing Ottoman Empire.

In 2012, the women's basketball team won the San Juan Shootout.  Last season, SU annexed St. Thomas in the Paradise Jam.

This year, Syracuse's conquest through the Caribbean heads north.  The Orange will travel to Grand Bahama Island to compete in the Junkanoo Jam from Nov. 27-28.

The eight-team event features two four-team brackets. Syracuse will be playing in the Lucaya Division and meet East Carolina in its first game on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m. Eastern. The other matchup will feature South Carolina vs. Wisconsin at 4:15 p.m. The winners will play in the championship game on Friday at 8 p.m., while the losers will meet in the third-place game at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.

Syracuse will look to extend its six-game winning streak in games played outside the U.S. That streak, coincidentally, began in the Bahamas in 2010 when SU beat Clemson in the Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout. (Side note -- who comes up with these tournament names? It must be all that forward-leaning synergy.)

Last season, Syracuse went 23-10 and won its first NCAA Tournament game in team history.  But the hullabaloo at Junkanoo will be over South Carolina.  The Gamecocks return all five starters from a team that reached the Sweet Sixteen.

"We are very excited to be participating in the Junkanoo Jam," coach Quentin Hillsman said. "These games further strengthen our non-conference schedule and provide us with tough competition while getting to play in a beautiful setting in the Bahamas."

But wait, there's more.

Each participating program will play 2 non-conference games, dine and socialize beside the ocean for the popular Thanksgiving banquet, and be given the chance to jet-ski, swim with dolphins, snorkel, and more!

Coach Q swimming with dolphins? Pics or it didn't happen.

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