The fields for the 2017 ESPN Events early season tournaments include a long-list of elite teams playing worldwide beginning in November and running through the Christmas holiday. ESPN Events, a division of ESPN based in Charlotte, N.C., owns and operates 11 college basketball events.
The fields for the 2017 ESPN Events early-season tournaments include a long-list of elite teams playing worldwide beginning in November and running through the Christmas holiday. ESPN Events, a division of ESPN based in Charlotte, N.C., owns and operates 11 college basketball events.
The newest addition is the recently-announced PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational, a 16-team, early-season men’s college basketball event honoring Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday. One of the largest regular-season multi-team events in college basketball history will be played from the Rose Quarter’s Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., over Thanksgiving week.
The other three-day multi-team events include the Gildan Charleston Classic, Tire Pros Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, AdvoCare Invitational and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The destination events staged from Charleston, S.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico, Orange County, Calif., Orlando and Honolulu are all bracket-format tournaments featuring 12 games over three days. The teams compete once per day, advancing with a victory. The two remaining undefeated teams will face off in a championship game.
In its third-year under the ESPN Events umbrella, 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.
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. The Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics fields will be announced at a later date.
The 2016-17 college basketball season is underway and several teams ranked in the November 28 Associated Press poll will be participating in 2017 events: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Kansas, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Virginia, No. 8 Gonzaga, No. 12 Saint Mary’s (Calif.), No. 18 Butler, No. 19 Iowa State, No. 20 South Carolina, No. 21 Rhode Island, No. 23 Oregon, No. 24 Florida and No. 25 West Virginia. Full Release
Gildan Charleston Classic
Tire Pros Puerto Rico Tip-Off
NIT Season Tip-Off
PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
Armed Forces Classic
State Farm Champions Classic
Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics presented by Corona – to be announced at a later date