ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will compete next season
in the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, the event announced Thursday.
The Hilltoppers will be a part of the 20th annual event, which takes place Nov.
22-25, 2019, at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
WKU is joined in the field by Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Fordham, Grand Canyon,
Illinois State, Nevada and Valparaiso. This is the program’s first appearance in the
The eight-team event is a single-elimination bracket with each team playing three
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
The Sports & Fitness Center on the University of the Virgin Islands campus has been
home to the Paradise Jam since its construction in 2001. The 3,000-seat venue
features four locker rooms, air conditioning, a custom hardwood floor, a training
room, concessions, VIP lounge, media workroom and ethernet connectivity. Recognized
as one of the best facilities of its kind in the Caribbean, the Sports & Fitness
Center regularly reaches standing-room capacity throughout the Paradise Jam
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