HONOLULU – Washington State University men’s basketball will play in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic from December 22-25 at the Stan Sherriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Washington State joins the field announced last December that includes Baylor, Butler, Florida State, Hawai‘i, Mississippi State, San Diego and Utah.
“Being a part of ESPN’s Diamond Head Classic is a great opportunity for our program,” WSU head coach Ken Bone said. “This tournament showcases an outstanding field of competition.”
Over the past two seasons, the Cougars have faced three of the seven teams in the tournament in Baylor, Mississippi State and San Diego. Last season, WSU defeated San Diego in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.
“We are thrilled with the addition of Washington State to the second Annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic,” said David Matlin, executive director of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. “The Cougars, from the Pac-10, complete one of the most exciting tournament fields for the upcoming season.”
The last tournament Washington State played in Hawai‘i came during the 1991-92 season in which the Cougs went 2-1 in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.