LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball has officially been named to the eight-team field of the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, as announced by the tournament on Friday. The Aggies will be joined in Hawaii by Akron, Davidson, Miami, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, USC and tournament-host Hawaii.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will feature 12 games through three days, playing over Dec. 22, 23 and 25. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on the final day of the tournament.
Utah State is no stranger to the Stan Sheriff Center, playing head-to-head against Hawaii on a yearly basis when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. All-time, Utah State is 4-3 in the venue.
Utah State is 57-44 all-time against the tournament field, including a 14-4 record against Hawaii, 1-1 record against Middle Tennessee, 36-30 record against New Mexico State and 7-9 record against USC. The Aggies have never played Akron, Davidson or Miami.
"We are thrilled to represent the Mountain West in the Diamond Head Classic next year," USU head coach Tim Duryea said. "We've played at that location before and always enjoy the trip in Hawaii. We're looking forward to having friends and family in Hawaii over Christmas as we face another great tournament field of teams. It will be a great chance of getting our team better at a place like the Diamond Head."
The family-friendly tournament includes three days of tournament play, practices, events and travel experiences unique to the islands of Hawai‘i.
Additional information can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic's official Web site at www.HawaiianAirlinesDiamondHeadClassic.com.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is one of 11 owned-and-operated basketball events by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
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