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The field is set for the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The field for the eighth annual event – to be played Friday, Saturday and Monday, Dec. 22, 23 and 25, 2017 – includes Akron, Davidson, Miami, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, USC, Utah State and tournament host school Hawai‘i.
The 2017 edition of the classic features four teams that participated in the 2016 NCAA Championship, including Miami, Middle Tennessee, USC and Hawai‘i. Akron, Davidson and New Mexico State competed in postseason play at the 2016 NIT.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, an eight-team men’s college basketball tournament, will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on the final day of the tournament.
Previous tournament champions of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic include USC (2009), Butler (2010), Kansas State (2011), Arizona (2012), Iowa State (2013), George Washington (2014) and Oklahoma (2015).
The family-friendly tournament includes three days of tournament play, practices, events and travel experiences unique to the islands of Hawai‘i.
Additional information can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic’s official Web site at www.HawaiianAirlinesDiamondHeadClassic.com.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is one of 11 owned-and-operated basketball events by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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