PORTLAND, Ore. -- An elite group of 16 college basketball programs will be in Portland for the inaugural PK80, the Phil Knight Invitational, over Thanksgiving week in 2017.
The early season men's college basketball tournament will be played Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. The games will be played at the Rose Quarter's Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will air on ESPN networks.
The list of schools participating is impressive. Arkansas, Butler, UConn, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.
“We are very excited to welcome the elite of college basketball to the city of Portland for this landmark event," said Portland head coach Terry Porter. "To be asked to participate in the greatest regular season college basketball tournament of all time is a special honor for the University of Portland."
Michigan State was ranked No. 2, North Carolina No. 3 and Oregon No. 5 in the final Associated Press Top 25 last season.
The schools competing in the tournament have 23 combined national championships, with 10 of the 16 schools having won an NCAA title, including nine of the past 13 champions. The field also has more than 85 Final Four appearances.
“We’ve been fortunate to play in some incredible preseason events, but we’ve never been a part of something this amazing – both in terms of quantity and quality of the teams," said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.
The tournament will divide into two eight-team events that guarantee each team three games. The two events will run concurrently in the two buildings. Two bracket champions will be crowned at the end of the tournament.
The tournament honors Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday.
"This will be one of the finest tournament fields ever assembled and it is an excellent way to celebrate Phil Knight," said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. "He has done so much, not just for the University of Oregon, but all of college basketball."
Ticket information for the tournament will be announced at a later date.