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ESPN Events Reveals Bracket for Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

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(Hawaii Athletics) - ESPN Events has unveiled the matchups for the 2018 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic to be held, Dec. 22-25.  Host Hawai'i will face UNLV in the opening round on Saturday Dec. 22. It will be the first meeting between former Western Athletic Conference rivals since a non-conference match-up in 2012.  The teams also met in the inaugural Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in 2009 with the Running Rebels defeating the Rainbow Warriors in the semifinals.
The tournament , which celebrates its tenth year in 2018, will feature eight teams, with 12 games played over three days. Returning NCAA Tournament teams Bucknell, Rhode Island and TCU headline the field.

  • Bucknell clinched the Patriot League regular-season title for the seventh time in the last eight years in 2018
  • Charlotte will appear in its fourth different ESPN Events early season tournament (2008 Wooden Legacy, 2010 and 2014 Charleston Classic, 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
  • Colorado has appeared in either the NCAA Tournament or the Postseason NIT in six of the past eight years
  • Hawai'i will host and participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic for the tenth consecutive year
  • Indiana State will appear in an ESPN Events early-season tournament for the third straight year; participated in 2016 AdvoCare Invitational and 2017 Charleston Classic
  • Rhode Island advanced to the Second Round of the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Tournaments
  • TCU earned a No. 6 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament
  • UNLV will make its first Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic appearance since the inaugural 2009 season, when it advanced to the event's championship game


Date Time (HT) Matchup Network
Sat, Dec 22 10 a.m. Indiana State vs. Colorado ESPNU
12 p.m. UNLV vs. Hawai'i ESPNU
5 p.m. Rhode Island vs. Bucknell TBD
7:30 p.m. Charlotte vs. TCU TBD
Sun, Dec 23 11:30 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
2 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
5 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
Tue, Dec 25 8 a.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
10 a.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
1:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
4 p.m. Championship ESPN2

Non-Bracketed Game: Indiana State at TCU (Dec. 16)