Eight Teams ready for Hawai‘i’s Holiday College Basketball Tournament
The bracket for the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – to be played Monday, Dec. 22, Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in Honolulu – has been set. The eight competing teams include Colorado, DePaul, George Washington, Loyola Marymount, Ohio, Nebraska, Wichita State and host Hawai‘i.
The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Three of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2. ESPNU will carry seven games, and one will be exclusive to ESPN3.
Entering its sixth year, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will again be played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, where it has become a holiday tradition on the island of O’ahu.
The tournament tips off Monday when Ohio (Mid-American) faces off with George Washington (Atlantic 10) at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, immediately followed by DePaul (Big East) versus Colorado (Pac-12) at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Monday’s evening session will feature Loyola Marymount (West Coast) versus Wichita State (Missouri Valley) at 11:00 p.m. on ESPNU and will wrap with a battle between Nebraska (Big Ten) and tournament host Hawai’i (Big West) at 1 a.m. Tuesday on ESPNU.
Five of the participating teams appeared in the 2013-14 postseason, including Colorado, George Washington and Nebraska, all of which earned second-round berths in the NCAA tournament. Wichita State had a storybook season with a 35-1 record and its second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. Ohio advanced through the quarterfinals of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament.
For more information, please visit www.HawaiianAirlinesDiamondHeadClassic.com.
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Schedule subject to change)
|Thu, Dec 11||TBD||DePaul at George Washington^||TBD|
|Mon, Dec 22||2:30 p.m.||Ohio vs. George Washington||ESPNU|
|4:30 p.m.||DePaul vs. Colorado||ESPNU|
|11 p.m.||Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State||ESPNU|
|Tue, Dec 23||1 a.m.||Nebraska vs. Hawaii||ESPNU|
|2:30 p.m.||Consolation #1||ESPNU|
|4:30 p.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPNU|
|9 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPN2|
|11:30 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPNU|
|Thu, Dec 25||1:30 or 4 p.m.||7th-place Game||ESPNU or ESPN3|
|1:30 or 4 p.m.||5th-place Game||ESPNU or ESPN3|
|6:30 p.m.||3rd-place Game||ESPN2|
|8:30 p.m.||Championship Game||ESPN2|
^ – Non-bracketed game
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Armed Forces Classic (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, PR); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics (New York City & South Bend, Ind.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR) and State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis)
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada) and The Home Depot College Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.)
ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798, or [email protected]
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Media Contact: Neil Iwamoto at (808) 956-9748, or [email protected]