Hoops for the Holidays: ESPN Events Reveals Matchups for 2018 Early-Season Men’s Basketball Tournaments

ESPN Events has unveiled the matchups for five of its owned and operated early-season basketball tournaments. Beginning November 15 through Christmas weekend, the tournaments will feature a number of top teams, including returning national champion Villanova in the AdvoCare Invitational. A total of 17 teams who earned bids to the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be represented, led by the Charleston Classic with five. Each of the events will host at least three teams who participated in the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

Three-day, multi-team events include the Charleston Classic, the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational, Wooden Legacy, AdvoCare Invitational and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The destination events staged from Charleston, S.C., Myrtle Beach, N.C., Orange County, Calif., Orlando and Honolulu are all bracket-format tournaments featuring 12 games over three days. The teams compete once per day, regardless of results. The two unbeaten teams will face off in a championship game.

The NIT Season Tip-Off will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The four designated home schools will each host two campus-site games prior to traveling to Brooklyn for the two-day championship round. The field and matchups will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the multi-team tournaments, ESPN Events also manages four single-day, neutral-site events including the Armed Forces Classic, State Farm Champions Classic and Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics presented by Corona.

Nine teams participating in the upcoming season’s events are ranked in ESPN.com’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 Preseason Poll: No. 2 Kansas, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 10 Villanova, No. 13 West Virginia, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 18 Florida State, No. 21 LSU, No. 23 TCU and No. 25 Purdue.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

December 22, 23 & 25

Stan Sheriff Center (Honolulu, Hawai’i)

PDF Bracket

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will celebrate its tenth year in 2018. Returning NCAA Tournament teams Bucknell, Rhode Island and TCU headline the field.

Date Time (HT) Matchup Network
Sat, Dec 22 10 a.m. Indiana State vs. Colorado ESPNU
  12 p.m. UNLV vs. Hawai’i ESPNU
  5 p.m. Rhode Island vs. Bucknell TBD
  7:30 p.m. Charlotte vs. TCU TBD
Sun, Dec 23 11:30 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
  2 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
  5 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
Tue, Dec 25 8 a.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
  10 a.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
  4 p.m. Championship ESPN2

Non-Bracketed Game: Indiana State at TCU (Dec. 16)