Paradise Jam begins play Friday with 4 opening-round games

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Paradise Jam tournament begins play Friday with Oregon State facing Old Dominion in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That is the first of four games in the first round of the eight-team field. No. 12 Kansas State headlines the field and opens play against Eastern Kentucky in Friday night’s final game.

Kennesaw State will take on Missouri in the second game, while Northern Iowa faces Penn in the day’s third game at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.

The winners of Friday’s games advance to the semifinals, which will be played Sunday. The losers play in Saturday’s consolation bracket.

The Paradise Jam returns to the Virgin Islands after a one-year absence caused by the damage suffered from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.