Portland, Ore., is going to be home for some of the country’s top basketball programs for a few days in 2017.
Michigan State and Ohio State will spend Thanksgiving week in 2017 at Portland for the Phil Knight Invitational, according to a press release. The 16-team event is made up of many of the best college basketball programs with games set to air on ESPN networks.
The event, held to celebrate Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s birthday, will have two eight-team brackets with games on Thursday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 26. Games will be played at Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Michigan State and Ohio State will be joined by Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. Brackets will be revealed later.
“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,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in the release. “This is sure to be an incredible experience for all the student-athletes. It’s only fitting to pay tribute to a one-of-a-kind man with a one-of-a-kind event. Phil Knight has revolutionized modern day fitness, while setting the gold standard for shoes and apparel, not just in basketball, but across all other sports and activities as well.”
“We are thrilled to be part of the PK80 basketball tournament in Portland next season,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “The Nike brand has had an enormous impact on collegiate athletics. Being part of such a prestigious event that honors Mr. Knight was very important to The Ohio State University.”