August 5, 2010

Butler To Face Utah In Hawaii

Diamond Head Classic Bracket

Butler will meet Utah out of the Mountain West Conference in the first round of the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 22.  The game will be one of four first round contests in the eight-team tournament being played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Bulldogs, coming off a 33-5 season and a runner-up finish in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, are one of four Diamond Head Classic teams that participated in post-season tournament play last year.  Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, while Mississippi State reached the Round of 16 in the NIT.  Florida State also was an NCAA Tournament participant.  Rounding out the Diamond Head Classic field will be Washington State, San Diego and tournament host school Hawaii.

Butler’s game with the Utes will be the third contest of the opening day of the tournament, starting at 11 p.m. (ET)  Mississippi State will be Washington State in the event’s first game at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, followed by a game between San Diego and Baylor at 5 p.m.  The final game of the first round will pit Florida State against Hawaii on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 1 a.m.  All four games on the opening day will be televised live on ESPNU.

Second round games will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 with the losing team in Game 1 meeting the losing team of Game 2.  The winner of Game 1 will meet the winner of Game 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Butler will play either at 10 p.m. against the winner of Game 4 or at 12:30 a.m. (on Dec. 24) against the loser of Game 4.  If the Bulldogs are in the winners’ bracket, their game will be televised on ESPN2.  A consolation bracket game would be on ESPNU.

The tournament wraps on Dec. 25, with the seventh place game starting at 2 p.m.  The fifth place game is slated for 4:30 p.m., the third place game will start at 7:30 p.m. and the championship game will be played at 9:30 p.m.  The third place and championship games will be televised on ESPN2.

Butler will be making its third tournament appearance in Hawaii.  The Bulldogs finished runner-up to #15 Stanford at the 1997 Big Island Invitational and then placed second at the 2002 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, falling to host Hawaii in overtime in the championship game.