Ole Miss Invited To Hawaii Tournament In 2012

Nov. 30, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team has been selected to participate in the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in late December 2012, it was recently announced.

Seven of the eight teams have been announced for the fourth annual holiday tournament to be held at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Competing alongside the Rebels will be 2011 NCAA Tournament teams Arizona and San Diego State, Classic host Hawaii, and Miami (Fla.), San Francisco and Texas Tech.

The 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is an eight-team men’s college basketball tournament, which will feature 12 games over 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.

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. The University of Southern California won the inaugural tournament in 2009, followed by Butler in 2010.

Ole Miss Men's Hoops will make its second trip to the nation’s 50th state (2001). The team has played in a tropical holiday tournament each year since 2007. Destinations have included such locales as Cancun (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and most recently St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands). The Rebels have gone 11-4 in those tournaments over the last five years.

Travel information
The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Honolulu, Hawaii, 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 website at www.diamondheadclassic.com.

About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.

ESPN Regional Television
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT’s owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.


 

 

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