USC will open play in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii with a December 22nd 6:00 matchup against Saint Mary’s. The game will be televised on ESPNU. USC also has a game against Akron on December 28th, according to the bracket the tournament released Wednesday. I am not quite sure what the deal with the matchup against the Zips is all about considering the championship game of the tournament is on Christmas Day. According to the tournament release, the matchup with Akron is not part of the bracket and is at USC.
You can see the release below and head over to their website to get more information.
The bracket for the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – held Christmas week, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 22, 23 & 25, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i – has been set for the eight competing teams: host Hawaii, plus, George Mason, Iowa State, Saint Mary’s, Oregon State, Akron, Boise State and South Carolina.
ESPNU will carry eight of the tournament games, including all four first-round games. ESPN2 will air the third-place game and the Championship Game on Wednesday, Dec. 25, along with the one of the semifinals on Monday, Dec. 23.
· ESPNU will show all four first-round games, featuring Iowa State vs. George Mason, Oregon State vs. Akron, South Carolina vs. Saint Mary’s and Boise State vs. Hawai’i
· Six of the eight teams grabbed 2013 postseason berths
The 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, an eight-team men’s college basketball tournament, will feature 12 games over the three days. 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 match.
Individual session tickets and all-session packages will go on sale to the public on Monday, Sept.23.
The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Honolulu will host the teams to three days of play, practices and the unique spirit of Aloha from the Hawaiian Islands. Teams will also have the opportunity to attend the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl played during the same week. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Web site at www.hawaiianairlinesdiamondheadclassic.com.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
|Sun, Dec 22||12:30 p.m.||Iowa State vs. George Mason||ESPNU|
|2:30 p.m.||Oregon State vs. Akron||ESPNU|
|6:00 p.m.||South Carolina vs. Saint Mary’s||ESPNU|
|8:00 p.m.||Boise State vs. Hawaii||ESPNU|
|Mon, Dec 23||9:30 a.m.||Consolation #1||ESPNU|
|11:30 a.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPNU|
|4:00 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPN2|
|6:30 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPNU|
|Wed, Dec 25||8:30 a.m.||7th-place Game||ESPN3|
|11:00 a.m.||5th-place Game||ESPNU|
|1:30 p.m.||3rd-place Game||ESPN2|
|3:30 p.m.||Championship Game||ESPN2|
|Sat, Dec 28||TBD||Akron at South Carolina^||TBD|