K-State To Play in 2011 Diamond Head Classic

Sophomore Martavious Irving defends Kansas' Tyrel Reed.

Feb. 19, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will be participating in an in-season tournament in Hawaii for the third time in its history in 2011, as the school has been selected to play in the third annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic to be held December 22-25, 2011 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.


K-State takes the place of Texas A&M, which was previously announced as a participant in the 2011 event.  The Aggies have moved back their appearance in the event to 2013.  The tournament also replaces the Wildcats' previously-announced participation in the Cancun Governor's Cup set for Cancun, Mexico. 


The eight-team field will include K-State, Clemson, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Xavier, Texas-El Paso, along with two additional teams to be announced at a later date.  All six teams have won at least 14 games in the current season, including conference-leading Xavier (Atlantic 10) and Long Beach State (Big West). 


The bracket-format tournament will feature 12 games over three days from Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 22-23 and Sunday, Dec. 25.  Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format.  The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on Dec. 25.  The ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com) will televise 10 of the 12 games. 


Butler won the second annual event this past December with an 84-68 victory over Washington State.  The two teams were joined in the 2010 event by Baylor, Florida State, Hawaii, Mississippi State, San Diego and Utah. 


This will mark the Wildcats' fourth in-season trip to Hawaii, which includes participation in the 1985 and 1998 Maui Invitationals and a 1993 trip to the University of Hawaii.  The team is 3-3 all-time on the island.   They defeated Chaminade, 68-56, before losing to No. 3 Michigan, 80-58, in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22-23, 1985.  After a 65-61 win over the Rainbow Warriors on Dec. 18, 1993, the squad lost to No. 17 Indiana, 71-70, and No. 22 Clemson, 79-45, in between an 84-80 overtime win over Arizona State in the 1998 Maui Invitational.


The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc., (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.  ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several college basketball events, including the 76 Classic, Charleston Classic, DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Lane Furniture All-College Basketball Classic and BracketBusters. 


For more information on the Classic, please visit www.diamondheadclassic.com/