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NCAA Basketball Comes to George Town

What do the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, University of Iowa Hawkeyes, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, University of Wyoming Cowboys, University of Buffalo Bulls, University of Richmond Spiders, South Dakota State Jack Rabbits, and the University of Alabama Blazers have in common?

Not only are these teams part of NCAA college basketball, but they’re all headed to Grand Cayman in November to compete in the  2017 Cayman Islands Classic.

The Cayman Islands Classic, operated by Caymax Sports Ltd. in conjunction with Global Sports Management, is a new preseason college basketball tournament that will take place in late November of each year at the newly built John Gray gymnasium of John Gray Senior School in George Town.  The Cayman Basketball Classic is expected to mirror other popular NCAA preseason basketball tournaments like Hawaii’s Maui Invitational Tournament or the Bahamas’ Battle 4 Atlantis.   The NCAA’s Mountain West Conference will sponsor the tournament and will send a Mountain West team to the tournament every year.[2]

The event will take place from Nov. 20-22, 2017.

The following brackets will kick off the tournament on November 20th:

Louisiana-Lafayette v. Iowa

South Dakota State v. Wyoming

Richmond v. UAB

Buffalo v. Cincinnati.


Semifinals will be held on November 21 and Finals on November 22, 2017.

Stay tuned through the Cayman Islands Classic Facebook page.


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Rhonda Leavitt

Rhonda Leavitt is co-owner of Grand Cayman Villas & Condos. She has been enjoying the beauty and fun of Grand Cayman for the last twenty years through family vacations with her four (now grown) children and her husband, Jim. She wants to share her knowledge of the island’s best with you!