There will be a non-conference college basketball tournament in honor of Phil Knight's 80th birthday in 2017.
The PK80-Phil Knight Invitational is set to take place in Portland, Ore. at the start of the 2017-18 men's college basketball season. Per the official website, the tournament will run from Nov. 23-26. The games will be played at the Rose Quarter’s Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The following 16 teams (all Nike schools) will be playing in it: Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.
It's a ridiculous field.
ESPN described how the tournament will run:
Two eight-team events – consisting of three games per team – will run simultaneously in the two buildings with the crowning of two bracket champions. All games from Portland will be televised on ESPN networks.
Ticket information and tournament brackets will be announced at a later date. We can't wait for this one.