2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Bracket Revealed
Eight Teams ready for Hawaii’s Holiday College Basketball Tournament
The bracket for the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – to be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec. 22, 23, & 25 in Honolulu – has been set. The eight competing teams include Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah and host Hawai‘i.
The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Six of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2. ESPNU will carry four games, and two will be carried exclusively on ESPN3.
Entering its eighth 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 with Tulsa (American) pitted against Stephen F. Austin (Southland) at 11:30 a.m. HT on ESPNU, followed by San Diego State (Mountain West) versus Southern Miss (C-USA) at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Thursday evening’s session will feature San Francisco (West Coast) versus Utah (Pac-12) at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and will wrap-up with a battle between Illinois State (Missouri Valley) and tournament host Hawai‘i (Big West) at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Five of the participating teams appeared in the 2015-16 postseason, including Hawai‘i, San Diego State, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa and Utah.