Men’s basketball heads to the Virgin Islands for Paradise Jam

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Senior forward Dean Wade tips the ball at the start of the game against Denver University. The Wildcats beat Denver 64-56. (Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

This season the Kansas State men’s basketball team will be participating in the U.S Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The tournament will run from Friday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 19.

The tournament will be played at the Sports and Fitness Center of the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus.

The Paradise Jam consists of eight teams including K-State, Oregon State University, Old Dominion University, Kennesaw State University, University of Missouri, Northern Iowa, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Eastern Kentucky University.

Day One

Friday will kick start the tournament, and one half of the bracket will start things off early in the afternoon.

The Oregon State Beavers (2-0) and Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1) will kick off the Paradise Jam as they face off at 12 p.m. CT.

The Beavers are led in scoring by junior forward Tres Tinkle, who is averaging 23.5 points per game through two games. They have beaten the University of California, Riverside (72-59) and Wyoming (83-64).

Old Dominion started its season with a 67-44 win over Navy, and lost its last game to Saint Joseph’s University, 79-64.

The Kennesaw State Owls (1-2) and Missouri Tigers (1-1) will follow with tip-off scheduled at 2 p.m. CT.

Kennesaw State lost 56-41 to Kansas State on Nov. 9. Prior to that, they defeated Oglethorpe University (68-57) and after the K-State loss, the Owls lost to Samford University (74-60).

Mizzou opened the season with a 68-55 victory over Central Arkansas, but suffered a 76-59 loss to Iowa State the next game. The Tigers lost star forward Jontay Porter for the season with a torn ACL and MCL back in October.

The second half of the bracket will play in the late afternoon to evening on Friday.

The Northern Iowa Panthers (1-1) and Penn Quakers (3-0) will begin the later part of the day as they tip-off at 4:30 p.m.

Northern Iowa dominated Bemidji State University, 97-51, and lost its second game to the University of Texas at Arlington by a score of 74-65.

Penn opened with a one-point, 72-71 victory over George Mason, and has beaten Rice (92-76) and Lafayette (91-61). The Quakers return forward A.J. Brodeur, the team’s second-leading scorer last season (13.1 PPG), from a team that made it to the NCAA Tournament. Brodeur leads the team with 17.3 PPG this season.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (2-1) and No. 12 Kansas State Wildcats (2-0) will be play the final game on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Eastern Kentucky was throttled, 105-77 by Marshall University in its first game, but has since beaten the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (81-78) and Midway University (Kentucky) by a score of 107-52.

K-State beat Kennesaw State 56-41 in the season opener as previously mentioned. On Monday night, the Wildcats snuck by Denver, winning 64-56 behind Barry Brown’s 25 points. The senior guard is averaging 20 points through two games, while senior forward Dean Wade has already grabbed 24 total rebounds.

Day Two

The second day of the tournament will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 as Friday’s losing teams will compete on Saturday while the winning teams get a day of rest.

Saturday’s games will take place at 4 and 6 p.m.

Day Three

Winning teams from day one will get back to action on Sunday, Nov. 18.

The winners of Oregon State versus Old Dominion and Kennesaw State versus Missouri will play at 4:30 p.m.

The winners of Northern Iowa versus Penn and Eastern Kentucky versus K-State will play at 6:30 p.m.

Day Four

The tournament will round out with the championship game played at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Nov. 19.

All of the Paradise Jam games will stream on FloHoops.com, while K-State’s games will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Radio Network.

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