Diamond Head Classic, 2nd major basketball tourney in Hawaii, to begin in '09

Updated: October 13, 2008, 5:55 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- ESPN and the University of Hawaii have announced a new eight-team, holiday men's college basketball tournament starting in 2009.

The Diamond Head Classic will feature 12 games played over three days, around the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl football game, with the championship played on Christmas.

Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Regional Television, says a minimum of 10 games will be televised nationally.

No teams were announced on Monday.

The Diamond Head Classic is the second major basketball tournament to be played in Hawaii, joining the Maui Invitational, which features top-tier teams across the country during Thanksgiving week.


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