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Hawai’i will face Miami in Diamond Head Classic

The University of Hawai’i will face Miami (Fla.) on the opening night of the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Pairings for the eight-team tournament were announced on Wednesday. This year’s tournament is scheduled for December 22, 23 and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Here is the schedule for December 22, with all four games scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPNU:

12:30 p.m. – Middle Tennessee vs. Princeton
2:30 p.m. – Akron vs. USC
6:00 p.m. – Davidson vs. New Mexico State
8:00 p.m. – Hawai’i vs. Miami

The Warriors finished 14-16 overall last season, but have six players with starting experience on the 2017-18 roster (Mike Thomas, Brocke Stepteau, Sheriff Drammeh, Leland Green, Jack Purchase and Gibson Johnson).

The Hurricanes finished 21-12 last season, and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons. They were eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, but made it to the Sweet 16 in 2016.

Miami will be led by a pair of dynamic guards in 6-foot-5 sophomore Bruce Brown, and 6-4 incoming freshman Lonnie Walker. Both players are being mentioned as potential first-round picks in future NBA Drafts.

Hawai’i and Miami also met in the 2012 Diamond Head Classic, with the Hurricanes prevailing, 73-58.

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3 Comments

  1. Five of the teams made the NCAA tournament last season; USC, Middle Tennessee, Miami, Princeton and New Mexico St. Akron played in the NIT.

  2. HAWAII BASKETBALL‏Verified account @HawaiiMBB 12h ago
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  3. Taking a closer look at the brackets, it is obvious that ESPN wants to get USC and Miami in the championship game. What happened to the good old days of taking care of the home team?

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