comscore UH hoops draws Illinois State in Diamond Head Classic | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sports Breaking | Top News

UH hoops draws Illinois State in Diamond Head Classic

  • STAR-ADVERTISER FILE

    UH center Stefan Jovanovic, left, put up a shot during the first half in the 2014 Diamond Head Classic game between Hawaii and the Colorado Buffaloes in December 2014 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Hawaii basketball team drew Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference as its first-round opponent in the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Pairings in the nationally televised eight-team event, held Dec. 22, 23 and 25, were announced this morning. The host Rainbow Warriors face either Utah of the Pac-12 Conference or San Francisco of the West Coast Conference on Day 2 of the tournament.

UH last faced Illinois State on Nov. 30, 1997, an 84-63 home win by the Rainbows, who lead the all-time series 2-1. The Redbirds went 18-14 last season, including 12-6 in conference play.

This year’s 8:30 p.m. matchup at the Stan Sheriff Center will be televised on ESPN2.

The Diamond Head field was announced during the 2015 Classic. On the other side of the bracket, the pairings released today were Tulsa vs. Stephen F. Austin and San Diego State vs. Southern Miss.

Hawaii’s other confirmed opponents on its 2016-17 schedule are North Carolina, Seton Hall and Princeton.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (3)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Leave a Reply

Scroll Up