SDSU to Open Against San Francisco at Diamond Head Classic

July 26, 2012


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San Diego State will face San Francisco in its opening game of the 2012 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, it was announced Thursday. The Aztecs and Dons will hit the Stan Sheriff Center hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 22, at a time to be determined. The tilt, however, will be aired live on ESPNU.

On SDSU's side of the bracket is Ole Miss and Indiana State, and the Aztecs will face one of those two teams on Sunday, Dec. 23, on ESPNU. The other half of the draw features Arizona and East Tennessee State, and Miami (Fla.) and the hosts, Hawai'i.

San Diego State and USF will be meeting for the second time in three seasons and for just the fifth time overall (series tied, 2-2). The schools last met during the 2010-11 campaign when the Aztecs defeated the Dons, 62-56, at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.

ESPNU will carry eight of the tournament games, including all four first-round games. ESPN2 will air the third-place game and the championship game on Tuesday, Dec. 25, along with the one of the semifinals on Sunday, Dec. 23. ESPN3 will have one game and the entire tournament will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at and through smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The 2012 Diamond Head Classic, an eight-team men's college basketball tournament, will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match.

The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Honolulu, Hawaii, will host the teams to three days of play, practices and the unique spirit of Aloha from the Hawaiian Islands. Teams will also have the opportunity to attend the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl played during the same week. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Diamond Head Classic Web site at

The Aztecs, who finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 26-8 record, are coming off their fourth straight season with at least 25 victories and their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. In each of the last seven years, the back-to-back Mountain West regular-season co-champions have won 20 or more games and have advanced to the postseason.

In 2012-13, San Diego State is slated to return four of its five starters and its top four scorers from last season. The Aztecs are also slated to welcome three Division I transfers and a heralded recruiting class that was ranked No. 24 nationally by