Hilltopper basketball to participate in 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

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Western Kentucky men's basketball will compete in the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam next season, the school announced Thursday.

The 20th annual event will place Nov. 22-25, 2019, at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

This is the program’s first appearance in the tournament.

Scheduled to join the Hilltoppers in the event will be Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Fordham, Grand Canyon, Illinois State, Nevada, and Valparaiso.

The eight-team event is a single-elimination bracket with each team playing three games.

WKU is 39-21 all-time against Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Fordham, Illinois State, and Nevada. The Hilltoppers have never faced Valparaiso or Grand Canyon, although they’ll take on Valpo next week in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

Game times and matchups for the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam will be announced next spring, following the conclusion of the 2018-19 basketball season. For more information about the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, visit [www.paradisejam.com]www.paradisejam.com.