Nevada to Play in 2014 Paradise Jam

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Non-conference tournaments in college basketball give teams a chance for experience and NCAA tournament resume building, and the Wolf Pack will have that opportunity in 2014.

As South Orange Juice reported last night, the 2014 Paradise Jam field was announced and the Nevada Wolf Pack will be a participant.

Joining Nevada in the field will be major conference members Seton Hall, Clemson, and LSU as well as mid major schools Gardner Webb, Illinois State, Old Dominion, and Weber State. The actual tournament bracket will not be reveled until after the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season. Nevada would likely draw a first round opponent from one of the mid-major schools seeing as how Nevada hails from the Mountain West Conference, which schools from the major conferences typically like to avoid.

For a school like Nevada there are numerous advantages to playing in a non-conference tournament like the Paradise Jam. First is the national exposure a tournament like this could provide for both the school, as well as a recruiting pitch. Secondly if Nevada were to win the tournament it would add bragging rights to a possible at large NCAA tournament berth with potential wins against talented teams such as Clemson and LSU. Finally for the players and coaches on the team it would provide memories that would last a lifetime just by playing in the event.

And hey, who wouldn't mind a trip to the Virgin Islands in late November?

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