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Diamond Head Classic schedule is announced

The University of Hawai’i basketball team will host Illinois State on the opening night of the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The pairings and starting times for the eight-team, three-day tournament was announced on Thursday.


The Warriors return one starter (senior forward Mike Thomas) from last season’s historic 28-6 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Redbirds finished 18-14 overall and in third place in the Missouri Valley Conference at 12-6. They did not participate in a postseason tournament. Four starters return for Illinois State, including point guard Paris Lee who averaged 11.1 points and 3.6 assists per game last season. Deontae Hawkins, a 6-foot-8 forward, also returns after averaging 10.3 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game last season.

The Hawai’i vs. Illinois State game is set to start at 8:30 p.m. on December 22 as the fourth of four games on that opening day. It will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The other opening day games are: Tulsa vs. Stephen F. Austin, 11:30 a.m.; San Diego State vs. Southern Mississippi, 2:00 p.m.; San Francisco vs. Utah, 6:00 p.m.

Hawai’i and Illinois State are on the same side of the bracket as San Francisco and Utah

The second day of the tournament is set for December 23, with the final day to follow on Christmas Day, December 25.

Every game in the tournament will be televised or streamed live on one of the ESPN network stations.

Hawai’i finished in third place in last year’s Diamond Head Classic. The Warriors scored victories over Northern Iowa and Auburn, and the only loss was an 84-81 thriller against Oklahoma.

2016 Diamond Head Classic Schedule
Thursday, December 22

Game 1: Tulsa vs. Stephen F. Austin, 11:30 a.m.
Game 2: San Diego State vs. Southern Mississippi, 2:00 p.m.
Game 3: San Francisco vs. Utah, 6:00 p.m.
Game 4: Hawai’i vs. Illinois State, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, December 23
Game 5: Consolation, Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: Semifinal, Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Semifinal, Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 5:00 p.m.
Game 8: Consolation, Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 25
Game 9: 7th place game, either 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Game 10: 5th place game, either 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Game 11: 3rd place game, 1:30 p.m.
Game 12: Championship game, 3:30 p.m.

For more information on the tournament, visit www.diamondheadclassic.com


  1. UH has a real shot to win this tournament and that is good. The bad is this tournament is really falling in talent. I am wondering how not a single team from ACC, Big 10, Big 12 or SEC is in the field this year! Going to be tough selling tickets to this one.

  2. Beat San Francisco this time.

    been losing to them couple games

  3. DHC – V.Good Tourney for BB Cognescenti…
    [All Due Respect, Would Rather Earn a Couple of Power Rating Top 100 Wins…
    They ALL Managed To Avoid Hawai’i ’til at least Second Round,
    THREE Hiding in Opposite Bracket…]


    2016-2017 SCHEDULE, So Far…,


    UNC (LY 2, SSC 11/18)

    Pearl Harbor Invitational
    Seton Hall (LY 22, PH 12/6)
    Princeton (LY 65, PH 12/7)

    Diamond Head Classic
    Illinois State (LY 116, DHC 12/22)
    UTAH (LY 39) OR USF (LY 195, DHC 12/23)
    SFAustin (27), SDSU (46), Tulsa (62) or S.Miss (307) (DHC 12/25)

    Big West Conference (Home & Home)
    (NO BWC Tourney Participation)


    THAT IS, Above Hawai’i’s “Best Team Ever” (By Results)
    UNC (2)
    Seton Hall (22)
    UTAH (39), SFAustin (27), SDSU (46),

    TOP 100
    Tulsa 62 (NCAA 11)
    Princeton 65
    (Illinois State 116, BEAT Wichita St & N.Iowa in MVC)

  4. Hi islandman,
    Dec 29, 1992 Rainbow Classic,
    Michigan (#6) over Kansas (#2) 86 – 74 for the title.
    Hawaii did not play Michigan. We lossed to Kansas the night before 94 – 66,
    and then lossed to North Carolina (#5) on Dec 29, 1992, 101 – 84.

    I don’t know, … who wants to play #6, when you can play #2 and #5. But we might have had a better chance against #6. Would have been good!

    We did beat Fordham on the first night, 83 – 64.
    Trevor Ruffin, Fabio Riberio, Chris Waltz, Tim Shepherd, Jarinn Akana, Bert Woodard, Kurt Taylor, Terrence Philip, Rodney Washington, Kalia Mcgee, … Coached by Riley Wallace.

  5. akuhead, very good. So you saw the fab five including Jalen Rose, Webber, etc ?

  6. islandman you either one young buck or wasnt here in 92. That was the best Rainbow Classic teams ever. Michigan, Carolina and Kansas all made it to the final four that year when Webber did his classic timeout call.

    After UH lost to Kansas in the semifinals, I stayed home the next night because that was the same night UH football team beat Illinois in the Holiday Bowl! I missed UH lose to Carolina for third place game but was worth it to watch football team win the Bowl game on TV.

    Nowdays lose money! Diamond Head Classic can not even got one of these teams for come here. Like I said the other day, no teams from ACC, Big 10, Big 12 or SEC. Thats sad.

  7. chuck, i am old buck with no instant recall.

  8. This roster list says Janks salary is $543,471.

  9. islandman, chuckcheese, well, I can’t say I didn’t see them. I had tickets. I had tickets and plans to go, but had to work that night. No football, no basketball. Schedule change, Ooop! That’s ok, because I saw some of the team in Waikiki sometime before the game. Jalen Rose, Webber, Howard, and at least one other guy, maybe two. Bought something from the store! I think I took their money. Kind of stunned to see them. Very tall, very recognizable. I think that counts. So, Yes, I saw them. Made the day! It was a good day.

  10. http://espn.go.com/nba/team/roster/_/name/mia/miami-heat

    $543,471 << Owner
    1/3, 1/2, None 'Guaranteed'
    NBADLeague get "All"?
    OR ONLY IF Stay with Team (Top 15)

    But Career Is for 30, 40, 50 years?
    OR BB For 3 to 13…
    Unless like AC, Phil Handy, Bob Nash (Japan Coach-Of-Year)
    You get into Management or Coaching…
    OR Ownership? (MJ)


    Pretty Good So Far….?

    From Best Recruiting Class Ever?

    Janks … NBA
    Isaac Fl…

    Contrast: Is Janks Where Carl English 'could' have been as Conference POY with one more season?

  11. Eagle, here is a list of non-guaranteed contracts. Why some figures in bold and some not ?

  12. Thanks, Islandman
    Great Searches/Results;

    Does NOT Mean This Interpretation is Accurate…
    But I would reach it as:

    Gray: NO / or Only Partial Guarantee Contract;
    Black: Guaranteed Contract
    Blue: Minimum (League or Existing Contract) IF Still with a Team;

    BIG Time…
    In Position to Make A Splash They WILL See

    Go, Janks!
    Go AC, PH
    Go Bows!

  13. Heat sign another forward off their summer league roster. More competition for Janks.


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