From SFA Athletics
HONOLULU, HAWAII (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin has been selected as one of eight men’s basketball teams from around the country that will comprise the field for the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 22, 23 and 25, 2016.
Other entrants in the eighth-annual event include Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa, Utah and host institution Hawai’i.
Of the teams chosen to participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, which is owned and operated by ESPN Events (a subsidiary of ESPN), three of them appeared in the 2015 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. The ‘Jacks made it to the second round and were defeated by Utah who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. San Diego State made it to the third round of the tournament.
The tournament will feature 12 games through three days with each squad competing in one game per day. The two teams that remain undefeated will do battle in the title game on Christmas Day.
Previous tournament champions of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic include USC (2009), Butler (2010), Kansas State (2011), Arizona (2012), Iowa State (2013) and George Washington (2014).
Additional information regarding the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic can be found at the official tournament website which is available at the link below.