Diamond Head Classic

The Diamond Head Classic is a three-day invitational college basketball tournament held at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on the campus of the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Each team plays three games, winners facing winners and losers facing losers. The Big West Conference serves as the host. The tournament is ESPN-owned and operated.[1]

The inaugural tournament was won by USC. The most recent champions are the TCU Horned Frogs.

Diamond Head Classic
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Diamond Head Classic
SportCollege basketball
Founded2009
No. of teams8
CountryUnited States
Venue(s)Stan Sheriff Center
Honolulu, Hawaii
Most recent
champion(s)
TCU
Most titlesUSC (2)
TV partner(s)ESPNU, ESPN2
Sponsor(s)Hawaiian Airlines
Official websitediamondheadclassic.com

Yearly champions, runners-up, and MVPs

Year Winner Score Opponent Tournament MVP
2009 USC 67–56[2] UNLV Mike Gerrity, Southern California
2010 Butler 84–68[3] Washington State Matt Howard, Butler
2011 Kansas State 77–60[4] Long Beach State Rodney McGruder, Kansas State
2012 Arizona 68–67[5] San Diego State Solomon Hill, Arizona
2013 Iowa State 70–66[6] Boise State DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
2014 George Washington 60–54[7] Wichita State Kevin Larsen, George Washington
2015 Oklahoma 83–71[8] Harvard Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
2016 San Diego State 62–48[9] San Francisco Zylan Cheatham, San Diego State
2017 USC 77–72 [10] New Mexico State Bennie Boatwright, USC
2018 TCU 83–69[11] Indiana State Alex Robinson, TCU

Future fields

2019

Source[12]

References

  1. ^ "About Diamond Head Classic". espnevents.com. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "2009–2010 Diamond Head Classic". RealGM Basketball. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "2010–2011 Diamond Head Classic". RealGM Basketball. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "2011–2012 Diamond Head Classic". RealGM Basketball. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "2012–2013 Diamond Head Classic". RealGM Basketball. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "2013–2014 Diamond Head Classic". RealGM Basketball. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "George Washington upsets Wichita St. to win Diamond Head Classic". Retrieved Dec 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "2015–16 Diamond Head Classic". RealGM Basketball. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "San Diego State vs. San Francisco - Game Summary - December 25, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  10. ^ "USC vs. New Mexico - Game Summary - December 25, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ "Bracket | Matchups | Tournament | Diamond Head Classic". espnevents.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  12. ^ "2019 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Field Revealed". hawaiiathletics.com. December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.

External links

2009 Diamond Head Classic

The 2009 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament played on December 22 , 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the first annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. USC defeated No. 20-ranked UNLV to win the tournament championship. Mike Gerrity was named the tournament's MVP.

2009–10 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

The 2009–10 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team was an NCAA Division I college basketball team representing Western Michigan University. The team was the two-time defending Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division champion. WMU was coached by Steve Hawkins who was in his seventh season as head coach of the school. The Broncos played their home games at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They finished the season 18–15, 8–8 in MAC play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament.

2010 Diamond Head Classic

The 2010 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the second annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Butler defeated Washington State to win the tournament championship. Matt Howard was named the tournament's MVP.

2010–11 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Butler University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Brad Stevens, serving his 4th year. The Bulldogs played their home games at the Hinkle Fieldhouse, which has a capacity of approximately 10,000. They are members of the Horizon League.

They were the first team to reach consecutive final four without being a one or a two seed either year. By reaching the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game they were the third eight seed team to do so and the first since the 1984–85 Villanova Wildcats. They were the first non-BCS school to reach the championship game in back-to-back seasons since the 1960–61 and 1961–62 Cincinnati Bearcats. They were the first team to reach the championship game without being ranked in the final college basketball polls since the 1987–88 Kansas Jayhawks. They were the first national runner-up to return to the championship game since the 1990–91 Duke Blue Devils (not counting the Fab Five teams affected by the University of Michigan basketball scandal). In 2011, they lost the National Championship to The University of Connecticut Huskies.

2011 Diamond Head Classic

The 2011 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the third annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Kansas State defeated Long Beach State to win the tournament championship. Rodney McGruder was named the tournament's MVP.

2012 Diamond Head Classic

The 2012 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the fourth annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. No. 3-ranked Arizona defeated No. 17-ranked San Diego State to win the tournament championship. Solomon Hill was named the tournament's MVP.

2012–13 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team

The 2012–13 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Sean Miller and played home games at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona as members of the Pac-12 Conference.

Seeded 6th in the West Region of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the team defeated (11) Belmont and (14) Harvard by a combined score of 40 points before losing 73–70 to (2) Ohio State in the Sweet Sixteen.After starting the season undefeated in non-conference play the team went 12–6 in conference and fell to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. The team's mid-season record of 14–0 was the second best start in program history since the 1931–32 team opened the season 16–0.Arizona entered the season ranked 11th in the Coaches and 12th in the AP preseason polls, climbed to 3rd in both after going undefeated into January, and then fell to 20th (Coaches) and 21st (AP) just prior to the start of the NCAA tournament.Before the season began Sean Miller and his staff recruited the nation's 3rd-ranked class of 2012 and brought in three well-regarded transfers, among them starting point guard Mark Lyons, who led the team in scoring with 15.6 points-per-game, including 24.3 points-per-game in NCAA tournament play.

2013 Diamond Head Classic

The 2013 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the fifth annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. No. 14-ranked Iowa State defeated Boise State 70–66 to win the tournament championship. DeAndre Kane was named the tournament's MVP.

2013–14 Boise State Broncos men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Boise State Broncos men's basketball team represented Boise State University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Broncos, led by fourth year head coach Leon Rice, played their home games at Taco Bell Arena and were a member of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 21–13, 9–9 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament where they lost to New Mexico. Despite having 21 wins, after not being invited to the NIT, the Broncos, citing injuries, chose not to accept an invitation to the CBI or CIT.

Taco Bell Arena had a new court design for this season

2013–14 Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team represented Saint Mary's College of California during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Randy Bennett's thirteenth season at Saint Mary's. The Gaels competed in the West Coast Conference and played their home games at the McKeon Pavilion. They finished the season 23–12, 11–7 in WCC play to finish in fourth place. They advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament where they lost to Gonzaga. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Utah in the first round before losing in the second round to Minnesota.

2014 Diamond Head Classic

The 2014 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the sixth annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. George Washington defeated No. 11-ranked Wichita State to with the tournament championship. Kevin Larsen was named the tournament's MVP.

2015 Diamond Head Classic

The 2015 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament that was played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the seventh annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. No. 3-ranked Oklahoma defeated Harvard to win the tournament championship. Buddy Hield was named the tournament's MVP.

2015–16 Washington State Cougars men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Washington State Cougars men's basketball team represented Washington State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was Ernie Kent's second year as head coach at Washington State. The Cougars played their home games at the Beasley Coliseum as members of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 9–22, 1–17 in Pac-12 play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament to Colorado.

2016 Diamond Head Classic

The 2016 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament that was played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the eighth annual Diamond Head Classic tournament and was part of the 2016-17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. San Diego State defeated San Francisco to win the tournament championship. Zylan Cheatham was named the tournament's MVP.

2017 Diamond Head Classic

The 2017 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament that was played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the ninth annual Diamond Head Classic tournament, and was part of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. USC defeated New Mexico State to win the tournament championship.

2017–18 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Tigers, led by seventh-year head coach Mitch Henderson, played their home games at Jadwin Gymnasium as members of the Ivy League. They finished the season 13–16, 5–9 in Ivy League play to finish in a tie for fifth place and failed to qualify for the Ivy League Tournament.

2018 Diamond Head Classic

The 2018 Diamond Head Classic was a mid-season eight-team college basketball tournament that was played on December 22, 23, and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the tenth annual Diamond Head Classic tournament, and is part of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.

2019–20 Washington Huskies men's basketball team

The 2019–20 Washington Huskies men's basketball team represent the University of Washington in the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Huskies, led by third-year head coach Mike Hopkins, play their home games at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle, Washington as members of the Pac-12 Conference.

Stan Sheriff Center

The Stan Sheriff Center is a 10,300-seat multi-purpose arena in Honolulu CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Initially named the Special Events Arena when it opened in 1994, the arena was renamed in 1998 after Stan Sheriff (1932–1993), a former UH athletic director who lobbied for its construction.

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