Blue Demons Meet Buffs in Game One at Diamond Head Classic
Aug. 5, 2014
CHICAGO – DePaul faces Colorado in the first round of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic as the field was revealed on Tuesday morning. The game is just the second all-time meeting between the two programs with the last in the 1940 NIT.
The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games over three days – Dec. 22-23 and 25. The eight competing teams include Colorado, DePaul, George Washington, Loyola Marymount, Ohio, Nebraska, Wichita State and host Hawai‘i. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Three of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2. ESPNU will carry seven games, and one will be exclusive to ESPN3.
Entering its sixth year, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will again be played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, where it has become a holiday tradition on the island of O’ahu.
The tournament tips off Monday with Ohio (Mid-American) pitted against George Washington (Atlantic 10) at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, immediately followed by DePaul (BIG EAST) versus Colorado (Pac-12) at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Monday’s evening session will feature Loyola Marymount (West Coast) versus Wichita State (Missouri Valley) at 11:00 p.m. on ESPNU and wrap with a battle between Nebraska (Big Ten) and tournament host Hawai’i (Big West) at 1 a.m. Tuesday on ESPNU.
DePaul faces either George Washington or Ohio in the second game of the tournament. George Washington is also on DePaul’s non-conference schedule this season with the Blue Demons facing the Colonials in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 11. The last time the Blue Demons faced a non-conference opponent twice during the regular season was during the 1991-92 campaign against Notre Dame. The Blue Demons and Irish split two meetings as DePaul played its first season in the Great Midwest Conference.
Five of the participating teams appeared in the 2013-14 postseason, including Colorado, George Washington and Nebraska, all of which earned second-round berths in the NCAA Championship. Wichita State had a storybook season with a 35-1 record and its second straight appearance in the national tournament. Ohio advanced through the quarterfinals of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Schedule subject to change)