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Bracket and Game Times Released for 2022 Diamond Head Classic

Jul 26, 2022

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Washington State University men's basketball will tip off the 2022 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against George Washington, Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. PT/4 p.m. HT at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, ESPN Events, announced Tuesday.
The matchup between the Cougars and the Colonials will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU. The other three matchups scheduled for Dec. 22 start with the morning session which begins with Iona taking on SMU in the first game of the day at noon PT (10 a.m. HT), followed by Seattle against Utah State at 2 p.m. PT (noon HT). In the second half of the bracket, the evening session, Pepperdine will take on tournament-host Hawaii following the WSU-George Washington game at 8 p.m. PT (6 p.m. HT). Depending on the outcome of both games, the Cougars will take on either Pepperdine or Hawaii on the second day of action.
Washington State's matchup with George Washington marks the first meeting between the teams in program history. The Cougars last faced an Atlantic-10 conference member in 2017, defeating St. Joseph's in the Wooden Classic. The Cougars hold a 5-1 record against Hawaii and have won four-straight in the series. The last meeting between the two teams was in the Rainbow Classic, Dec. 29, 1991, a 63-61 WSU win. This season marks the third time WSU has participated in the Diamond Head Classic. The Cougars played then No. 3 Oklahoma, Northern Iowa, and New Mexico during a 2015 trip to Honolulu. The Cougars hold an 92-89 all-time record in regular season tournaments, dating back to the 1954-55 season.
The second day of action starts Friday, Dec. 23 with Consolation #1 which will pit the losers of Iona versus SMU and Seattle versus Utah State against each other at 1:30 p.m. PT (11:30 a.m. HT). Semifinal #1, which features the winners of those two games, will tip at 4 p.m. PT (2 p.m. HT). The second session will feature Semifinal #2 and Consolation #2 with the winners between George Washington and Washington State and Pepperdine against Hawaii advancing to the semifinal. Game order for the evening session has not been finalized with the first game tipping off at 7 p.m. PT (5 p.m. HT) followed by a 9 p.m. PT (7 p.m. HT) tipoff. Both Semifinal #2 and Consolation #2 both games scheduled to air on ESPN2.
The teams get Dec. 24 off from game action and will take to the court for the final time on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The seventh and fifth-place games will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. PT (8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. HT) (the order has not yet been decided), followed by the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. PT (1:30 p.m. HT) and finally the championship game at 5:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. HT). The first two games will be shown on ESPNU and the third-place and championship games will air on ESPN2.
Three of the participating teams, including WSU, appeared in the 2021-22 National Invitation Tournament. Iona bowed out of the NIT in the opening round and the Cougars dismissed SMU in the second round with a 75-63 victory. In total, WSU holds a 17-14 all-time record against this year's participating programs.
Tickets for the 2022 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic are expected to go on sale in October. Visit the tournament website at to sign up for special email offers, and find additional information about the tournament, as well as Hawaiian Airlines and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts travel.

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Thursday, Dec. 22
Iona vs. SMU (ESPNU), Noon PT (10 a.m. HT)
Seattle vs. Utah State (ESPNU), 2 p.m. PT (Noon HT)
George Washington vs. Washington State (ESPN2 or ESPNU), 6 p.m. PT (4 p.m. HT)
Pepperdine vs. Hawaii (ESPN2 or ESPNU), 8 p.m. PT ( 6 p.m. HT)
Friday, Dec. 23
Consolation #1 (ESPNU), 12:30 p.m. PT (10:30 a.m. HT)
Semifinal #1 (ESPN2), 4 p.m. PT (2 p.m. HT)
Semifinal #2 (ESPN2), 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. PT (5 p.m. or 7 p.m. HT)
Consolation #2 (ESPN2), 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. PT (5 p.m. or 7 p.m. HT)
Sunday, Dec. 25
Seventh-place Game (ESPNU), 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. PT (8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. HT)
Fifth-place Game (ESPNU), 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. PT (8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. HT)
Third-place Game (ESPN2), 3:30 p.m. PT (1:30 p.m. HT)
Championship Game (ESPN2), 5:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. HT)