Men’s Basketball’s Bracket Revealed for Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

WASHINGTON – ESPN Events has unveiled the 2022 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic matchups, to take place from Dec. 22-25 at the SimpliFiArena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. GW will open the tournament by taking on Washington State at 9 pm EST on Dec. 22 on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

“We’re super excited to take part in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic,” said GW head coach Chris Caputo. “The opportunity to compete at such a high level against high-quality opponents in a great location during Christmas is unmatched. We feel the great history that goes along with playing in this tournament on a national stage and can’t wait to be a part of it. “

The Buff & Blue are returning to Hawai’i for the first time since winning the championship in 2014 with victories over Ohio, Colorado and # 11 Wichita State. GW’s matchup with Washington State, which advanced to the NIT semifinals last season, will be the first in program history. Depending on the opening game result, the Colonials will then take on Pepperdine or Hawai’i at either 10 pm EST on Dec. 23 or 12 am EST on Dec. 24.

Iona, SMU, Utah State and Seattle round out the field. After a day off from competition, teams will play a final game on Christmas at either 1:30, 3:30, 6:30 or 8:30 pm EST. The entire tournament will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in October. Additional information for the family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Honolulu, Hawai’i, can be found at

About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all US carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 18 years (2004-2021) as reported by the US Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 US airline by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi.

Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 US gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti.

The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire. As Hawai’i’s hometown airline, Hawaiian encourages guests to Travel Pono and experience the islands safely and respectfully.

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