HONOLULU - (Hawaii Athletics) The bracket for the 2012 Diamond Head Classic – held Christmas
week, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, Dec. 22, 23 & 25, at the Stan Sheriff
Center in Honolulu, Hawaii – has been set for the eight competing teams: host
Hawaii, plus Arizona, East Tennessee State, Indiana State, Miami (FL), Ole
Miss, San Diego State and San Francisco. The times of each game will be
released at a later date.
ESPNU will carry eight of the tournament
games, including all four first-round games. ESPN2 will air the third-place game
and the Championship Game on Tuesday, Dec. 25, along with the one of the
semifinals on Sunday, Dec. 23. ESPN3 will have one game and the entire
tournament will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at
WatchESPN.com and through smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans
who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
"For the first time in event history,
the Diamond Head Classic tips off on a Saturday," said David Matlin, Diamond
Head Classic executive director. "It is a great opportunity for families
to gather at the Stan Sheriff Center to watch these exciting teams from across
the nation. Having all 12 games shown on ESPN networks is a testament to
the quality of this year's field and reflects the growth of the tournament as
it enters its fourth year."
- ESPNU will show all
four first-round games (times TBD), featuring Ole Miss vs. Indiana State, San
Diego State vs. San Francisco, Arizona vs. East Tennessee State and Miami vs.
- San Diego State is
ranked No. 16 and Arizona stands at No. 17 in ESPN.com's early men's preseason top
- Six of the eight
teams grabbed 2012 postseason berths
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.
Hawai‘i is led by third-year head coach Gib
Arnold, who welcomes back four letterwinners and two starters from last year's
squad. The Rainbow Warriors placed fifth in the 2011 Diamond Head Classic
after going 2-1, which included an upset of nationally-ranked Xavier.
Hawai‘i, which is guaranteed to play on
national television all three tournament dates, will face either Arizona or
East Tennessee State on the second day.
Individual session tickets and all-session
packages will go on sale to the public on Monday, Sept.17.
The family-friendly tournament and resort
destination of Honolulu, HI will host the teams to three days of play,
practices and the unique spirit of Aloha from the Hawaiian Islands. Teams will
also have the opportunity to attend the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl played during the
same week. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on
the Diamond Head Classic Web site at www.diamondheadclassic.com.
The Diamond Head Classic is owned and
operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
The University of Southern California won the
inaugural tournament in 2009, followed by Butler in 2010, and Kansas State
outlasted Long Beach State in 2011.