HONOLULU - (Hawaii Athletics) East
Tennessee State will join the 2012 Diamond Head Classic field, replacing Texas
Tech. The tournament is set to be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec.
22, 23 & 25, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Since taking over the program in 2003-04, ETSU
head coach Murry Bartow's teams have averaged nearly 20 wins a year and made
five postseason appearances – three NCAA Championship trips (2004, 2009, 2010),
one NIT (2007) and one CIT (2011).
"We are very excited to be participating in the
Diamond Head Classic next season," said Bartow. "This trip will give our
program tremendous exposure and will be a fantastic experience for the
student-athletes, especially because we will be playing some of the nation's
great basketball programs."
The Bucs have enjoyed tremendous success in the
last 10 seasons, collecting seven conference titles, and eclipsing 20 wins in
six of those years (2002-03, 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010,
Also competing in the 2012 Diamond Head Classic
is NCAA Championship qualifying team San Diego State, along with Classic host
Hawaii, Arizona, Indiana State, Miami (FL), Ole Miss and San Francisco.
- San Diego State
earned a berth into the NCAA Championship, while Arizona, Miami and Ole Miss
earned National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berths
Francisco competed in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament and
Indiana State participated in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament
The 2012 Diamond Head
Classic, an eight-team men's college basketball tournament, will feature 12
games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day,
advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain
undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match.
The Diamond Head
Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary
The University of Southern
California won the inaugural tournament in 2009, followed
by Butler in 2010 and Kansas State in 2011.