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Men's Basketball to Open Diamond Head Classic Against Iowa State
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Release: 07/17/2013

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - With the tournament just over five months away, the George Mason men’s basketball team now knows who it will face in the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, as the bracket was released today. The Patriots will open against Iowa State University on Sunday, December 22, in a game that will be played at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time (12:30 p.m. Hawaiian time), and will be televised on ESPNU.

The Patriots and Cyclones are meeting for the first time, with the winner advancing to face the winner of Oregon State-Akron on Monday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The two non-winning teams will meet on the same day at 2:30 p.m. ET, with both contests broadcast live on ESPNU.

With a win on Monday, the Patriots would earn a spot in the championship game, where they will play on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Christmas Day.

Mason will square off against Iowa State, a team which went 23-12 a season ago and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round where the Cyclones fell to Ohio State. ISU finished the Big XII season 11-7 and fell to eventual champion Kansas in the conference semifinals. The Cyclones sport four seniors while losing their top two scorers from 2012-13. The top returning offensive player for the Cyclones is sophomore forward Georges Niang, who chipped in 12.1 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds per contest.

The Patriots are just 1-3 against current membership of the Big XII conference, with a 87-77 win over Kansas State in the 2008 Old Spice Classic along with an 0-3 all-time record against West Virginia University.

All 12 of the tournament games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Individual session tickets and all-session packages will go on sale to the public on Monday, Sept.23. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Web site at

2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
(Schedule subject to change)

(Hawaiian Time is five hours behind Eastern Time)


Time (HT)



Sun, Dec 22

12:30 p.m.

Iowa State vs. George Mason



2:30 p.m.

Oregon State vs. Akron



6:00 p.m.

South Carolina vs. Saint Mary's



8:00 p.m.

Boise State vs. Hawaii


Mon, Dec 23

9:30 a.m.

Consolation #1



11:30 a.m.

Semifinal #1



4:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2



6:30 p.m.

Consolation #2


Wed, Dec 25

8:30 a.m.

7th-place Game



11:00 a.m.

5th-place Game



1:30 p.m.

3rd-place Game



3:30 p.m.

Championship Game


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