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ETSU men’s hoops to play in Diamond Head Classic
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
JOHNSON CITY (May 15, 2012) – The ETSU men’s basketball team will be part of the field for the 2012 Diamond Head Classic, marking the third time in the past nine years that the Buccaneers have made an appearance in a tournament hosted on Hawaii’s island of Oahu.
The tournament is set to be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 22, 23 & 25, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Since taking over the ETSU program in 2003-04, head coach Murry Bartow has led the Bucs to an average of nearly 20 wins a year and made five postseason appearances – three NCAA Championship trips (2004, 2009, 2010), one NIT (2007) and one CIT (2011).
“We are very excited to be participating in the Diamond Head Classic next season,” Bartow said. “This trip will give our program tremendous exposure and will be a fantastic experience for the student-athletes, especially because we will be playing some of the nation’s great basketball programs.”
The Bucs have enjoyed tremendous success in the last 10 seasons, collecting seven conference titles, and eclipsing 20 wins in six of those years (2002-03, 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011).
Also competing in the 2012 Diamond Head Classic is NCAA Championship qualifying team San Diego State, along with Classic host Hawaii, Arizona, Indiana State, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss and San Francisco.
The Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
The University of Southern California won the inaugural tournament in 2009, followed by Butler in 2010 and Kansas State in 2011.
ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.