Weber State basketball announces opponents for 2018 Junkanoo Jam tournament

Tuesday , May 22, 2018 - 5:27 PM

More opponents for Weber State men’s basketball’s 2018-19 schedule were made known Tuesday with the official announcement of the team’s involvement in an in-season tournament.

As reported by the Standard-Examiner in March, the Wildcats will participate in the Junkanoo Jam, a three-game November event in Bimini, Bahamas.

The other teams participating in the tournament are Cal State Bakersfield, Central Michigan and San Jose State, the school said via news release Tuesday.

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WSU will open the event by playing San Jose State on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Wildcats will face one of Central Michigan or Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 16 or 17, then take on the other of the two on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Weber State finished the 2017-18 season with a higher Ken Pomeroy rating (159) than all three Junkanoo opponents.

Central Michigan was 21-15 in the Mid-American Conference last season with a KenPom rating of 168. The Chippewas beat Montana State by 27 but lost to Southern Utah last season.

Bakersfield was 12-18 in the WAC with a KenPom rating of 242. The Roadrunners defeated Idaho once last season and lost three times to Utah Valley, twice by more than 20.

San Jose State was a miserable 4-26 in the Mountain West with a KenPom rating of 301. The Spartans broke a 16-game losing streak by claiming their only conference win in a late-February victory over Utah State.

The Junkanoo Jam marks the fifth straight season WSU has participated in an in-season tournament and the second straight in The Bahamas. In 2017, WSU defeated James Madison but lost to Iona and Bradley in The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.

Those three opponents join four other known 2018-19 games for the Wildcats: home games against BYU, Fresno State and Utah Valley, and a neutral-site game against Utah State in the Beehive Classic.

Weber State returns Jerrick Harding — last season’s leading scorer in the Big Sky at 22 points per game — along with seniors Zach Braxton and Brekkott Chapman for the upcoming campaign. The season is expected to start Nov. 6.


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