Information Courtesy of K-State Sports Information at www.kstatesports.com. Games will air on KNDY AM 1570/FM 94.1.
MANHATTAN, Kan. –The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic has altered game times for Kansas State’s first two contests of the tournament, which is set for Dec. 22-25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
The Wildcats will take on Southern Illinois (1-5) in the first round of the Classic at 3:30 p.m. CST (11:30 a.m. HST) on Thursday, Dec. 22 on ESPNU. The winner would advance to face either Clemson (4-4) or Texas-El Paso (2-4) at 4 p.m. CST (noon HST) on Friday, Dec. 23 on ESPNU, while the two remaining teams will play at 2 p.m. CST (10 a.m. HST), also on ESPNU.
In the opposite bracket, reigning Big West champion Long Beach State (4-5) will play No. 8 Xavier (8-0) at 10 p.m. CST (6 p.m. HST) on ESPNU in the third game before the final first-round match-up on Thursday between SEC foe Auburn (4-1) and host Hawaii (3-4) at midnight CST (8 p.m. HST) on ESPNU.
The winner of each bracket will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Dec. 25 at 8:30 p.m. CST (4:30 p.m. HST) on ESPN2. There will be three consolation games that will precede the title contest at 1 p.m. CST (9 a.m. HST; seventh-place game), 3:30 p.m. CST (11:30 a.m. HST; fifth-place game, ESPNU) and 6:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. HST; third-place game, ESPN2), respectively.
The three-day, three-game tournament includes six postseason participants from a year ago, including Clemson (NCAA Tournament), Hawai’i (CIT), Long Beach State (NIT), Texas-El Paso (NIT) and Xavier (NCAA).
This will mark the Wildcats’ fourth in-season trip to Hawaii, which includes participation in the 1985 and 1998 Maui Invitationals and a 1993 trip to the University of Hawaii. The team is 3-3 all-time on the island.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc., (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several college basketball events, including the 76 Classic, Charleston Classic, DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Lane Furniture All-College Basketball Classic and BracketBusters.