The George Mason men’s basketball team will travel to the islands for the second year in a row, as the Patriots are among the eight-team field of the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Mason will play three games on December 22, 23 and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
“The Diamond Head tournament is a strong one and we are looking forward to the challenge of competing against this outstanding field,” said head coach Paul Hewitt. “This event will be a great way to prepare for our inaugural season in the Atlantic 10.”
Mason is among a group of participants that includes Akron (Mid-American), Boise State (Mountain West), Iowa State (Big XII), Oregon State (Pac -12), Saint Mary’s (West Coast), South Carolina (SEC), and host University of Hawai’I (WAC). All but two of those schools qualified for the postseason this past year, including four NCAA tournament teams.
Each team will play one game on Sunday, Dec. 22, Monday, Dec. 23 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, advancing through the bracket. Of the 12 total games to be played during the tournament, 10 will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is an ESPN Regional Television (ERT) owned and operated event.
The Patriots, who took part in the 2012 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, return all five starters from a squad that finished 22-16 and was the runner-up of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick.
Fans are encouraged to join the Patriots in paradise, with specific travel information available on the tournament’s official website, http://www.HawaiianAirlinesDiamondHeadClassic.com . Additionally, keep track of the latest updates for the tournament on Twitter (@DiamondHeadClsc) and Facebook (facebook.com/DiamondHeadClassic).
The Patriots’ full non-conference schedule, along with its inaugural slate in the Atlantic 10 Conference, will be announced at a later date.