8th Annual Diamond Head Classic is underway at the Stan Sheriff Center

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The 8th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic tiped off Thursday with the opening round being played at the Stan Sheriff Center. The eight competing teams include Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah and host Hawai’i.

The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Six of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2. ESPNU will carry four games, and two will be exclusive to ESPN3.

The tournament tips off with Tulsa (American) pitted against Stephen F. Austin (Southland) at 11:30 a.m. HT on ESPNU, immediately followed by San Diego State (Mountain West) versus Southern Miss (C-USA) at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN2. Thursday’s evening session will feature San Francisco (West Coast) versus Utah (Pac-12) at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU and wrap-up with a battle between Illinois State (Missouri Valley) and tournament host Hawai’i (Big West) at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Five of the participating teams appeared in the 2015-16 postseason, including Hawai’i, San Diego State, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa and Utah. Illinois State was eligible, but declined postseason invitations.

For more information including scores, visit www.HawaiianAirlinesDiamondHeadClassic.com.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Schedule subject to change)

DateTime (HT)GameNetwork
Thurs., Dec 2211:30 a.m.Tulsa vs. Stephen F. AustinESPNU
2:00 p.m.San Diego State vs. Southern MissESPN2
6:00 p.m.San Francisco vs. Utah ESPNU
8:30 p.m.Illinois State vs. Hawai’i ESPN2
Friday, Dec 2311:30 a.m.Consolation #1ESPN2
1:30 p.m.Semifinal #1ESPN3
5:00 p.m.Semifinal #2ESPN2
7:30 p.m.Consolation #2ESPNU
Sunday, Dec 258:00 or 10:30 a.m.7th-place Game ESPNU or ESPN3
8:00 or 10:30 a.m.5th-place GameESPNU or ESPN3
1:30 p.m.3rd-place GameESPN2
3:30 p.m.Championship GameESPN2

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