JazzJohnson will lead the University of Nevada Wolfpack into Paradise Jam actionFriday (Photo from University of Nevada Athletics Department)

The20 th anniversary of Paradise Jam will tip off on Friday when the males’s bracket starts play at 2 p.m. at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center onSt Thomas.

Men’s single-day tickets cost $55 and are for sale, money just, at the door. Hoop fans that invest a day with the groups will see 8 college teams with a combined record up until now this season of 19 -8.

The groups in the males’s bracket are Valparaiso, Grand Canyon, Fordham, Nevada, Illinois State, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky.




The occasion has actually ended up being a custom in the area and brings a lot of travelers to the Virgin Islands every year. This year is no various, as more than 4,00 0 spaces straight associated to the occasion have actually been scheduled in between 9 hotels.

Nevada and Cincinnati are 2 groups that were included in in 2015’s NCAA Tournament, both falling in the round of 64.

— Cincinnati was up toNo 16 Ohio State in their opening video game of the season however they rebounded versus Drake and Alabama A&M, and will enter this year’s competition with a 2-1 record. The Bearcats have 4 gamers balancing double figures this season in Jarron Cumberland, 12 points per video game; Chris Vogt, 11.3; Keith Williams, 10.7; and Jaevin Cumberland,10 Tre Scott has actually been tidying up the glass, getting 10.3 rebounds per video game, and Chris McNeal has actually been trashing havoc defensively and developing 2.7 takes per video game.

— Nevada is 2-3 on the season up until now, with wins over UT-Arlington and LoyolaMarymount But the Wolfpack fell two times to PAC-12 challengers– Utah and USC– andDavidson Jazz Johnson leads the group in scoring with 18.2 points per video game, while Lindsey Drew has actually been balancing 17.4 points per video game with 6.2 rebounds, 5 helps up until now this year

A visitor the Valaparaiso tweeted this photo of 'the view from our hotel room" back to the college's Indiana hometown, where the temperature was a balmy 46 degrees.
A visitor the Valparaiso tweets this image of “the view from our hotel room,” back in the college’s Indiana home town, the temperature level was a pleasant 46 degrees.

–FordhamUniversity is 3-0 on the year with wins overSt Francis Brooklyn, Fairleigh Dickinson andMarist Chuba Ohams leads the group in scoring with 14.3 points and is 2nd on the team in rebounding with 8.7 boards per video game while Onyi Eyisi is balancing a double double with 11.5 points per video game and a group high 10.5 rebounds per video game.

— Western Kentucky gets in the competition 4-0, with early season wins over Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky– a group that put seventh in in 2015’s Paradise Jam– andCampbellsville The Hilltoppers likewise sport 4 gamers balancing double figures in scoring led by Carson Williams with 17.5 points per video game and followed by Charles Bassey, 14.8; Tavieon Hollingsworth, 13.3; and Camron Justice, 12.8, completing the scoring group.

–IllinoisState is 2-1 up until now this season, with wins over Belmont and University of Arkansas LittleRock Its only loss came versus the University of CentralFlorida The guards blaze a trail for the RedBirds as their 3 leading scorers– Zach Copeland with 14 points per video game; Deric Boyd, 13; and Matt Chastin, 12– all play in the back-court.

Tre Scott sweeps the glass clean for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, averaging 10.3 rebounds a game. (Photo from the University of Cincinnati Athletic Department)
TreScott sweeps the glass tidy for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, averaging 10.3 rebounds a video game. (Photo from the University of Cincinnati Athletic Department)

— Bowling Green has a 3-1 record up until now this season with wins over Tiffin, Jacksonville and Fairmont State and its only loss a nine-point defeat toNo 22 LSU on the roadway. The Falcons leading scorer is Justin Turner who is balancing 19.3 points per video game, while Dylan Frye is balancing 11.5 points per video game and Trey Diggs cracking in 11.

— Valparaiso– most well-known for Bryce Drew’s 1998 video game winner over Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA Tournament– is 3-1 on the season after beating Toledo, Southern Illinois Edwardsville and North Dakota however being up toSt Louis. Javon Freeman-Liberty has actually been setting up 22.3 points per video game to lead the Crusaders attack this season while Ryan Fazekas includes 13 points per video game; Nick Robinson, 11.7; Mileek McMillian, 10.5; and Daniel Sackey, 10, the other staff member with scoring averages in double figures.

— Grand Canyon started with 3 straight losses, to Davenport, Illinois and San Diego State, however has actually won their last 2 video games, versus Arkansas Pine Bluff and MontanaState They have an extremely well balanced scoring attack with all 5 beginners from their last contest balancing double digits through the very first 4 video games. Carlos Johnson leads the Antelopes with 14.0 points per video game while both Lorenzo Jenkins and Alessandro Lever have actually been scoring 12.2 points per video game and Isiah Brown and Javon Blackshear have actually been contributing 11.2 points per video game.

The schedule
The opening day schedule will see Valparaiso play Grand Canyon at 2 p.m., Fordham and Nevada at 4: 15 p.m., Illinois State and Cincinnati at 6: 45 p.m. and Bowling Green and Western Kentucky concluding the action at 9 p.m.

The alleviation round will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday,Nov 23, with losers of the very first 2 video games playing each other followed by the losers of the 2nd 2 video games.

Saturday will be a complete day of basketball as the UVI ladies’s group will play Rust University at 1 p.m. and the UVI males’s group will handle the exact same school at 8 p.m.

The semifinals will occur on Sunday,Nov 24, starting with the winners of the very first 2 Friday’s video games dipping into 6: 30 p.m. with the other 2 opening day winners taking on at 8: 30 p.m.

All 8 groups are in action on Monday,Nov 25, beginning with the seventh-place video game at 2 p.m., followed by the fourth-place video game at 4: 15 p.m., third-place video game at 6: 45 p.m. and the males’s national championship at 9 p.m.

All video games for the upcoming 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam will stream online at FloHoop s.com.

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