Phil Knight Invitational

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Phil Knight Invitational
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Logo for Phil Knight Invitational
SportCollege basketball
Founded2017
No. of teams16
Country United States
Venue(s)Moda Center
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Rose Quarter
Portland, Oregon
Most recent
champion(s)
Michigan State, Duke.
TV partner(s)ESPN

The 2017 Phil Knight Invitational or the PK-80–Phil Knight Invitational was a 16-team, two-bracket college basketball event held in Portland, Oregon on November 23, 24, and 26, 2017 to honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight's 80th birthday.[1][2] The two eight-team brackets ran simultaneously in the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter with the crowning of two champions.[3] Michigan State won the Victory Bracket[4] while Duke won the Motion Bracket.[5]

All games from Portland were televised on ESPN networks. The tournament was called the best in-season tournament ever due to the quality of the teams participating.[6]

On March 6, 2019, Nike and ESPN announced the event will return as a one-day, four-team invitational tournament. [7]

Brackets[edit]

All teams had a business relationship with Nike. Each of the Power Five conferences of FBS football had two teams participating—the ACC (Duke and North Carolina), the Big 12 (Oklahoma and Texas), the Big Ten (Michigan State and Ohio State), the Pac-12 (Oregon and Stanford) and the SEC (Arkansas and Florida). Two non-football conferences also had two teams involved—the Big East (Butler and DePaul) and the West Coast Conference (Gonzaga and Portland). The remaining participants were Connecticut from the American Athletic Conference and Portland State from the Big Sky Conference.[6] Georgetown was originally announced as a participant in the tournament, but withdrew from the tournament in July.[8] DePaul replaced them in the tournament.[9]

The teams were divided into two separate brackets: the Victory and Motion Brackets. Teams from the same conference were placed in separate brackets to avoid non-league sanctioned matchups.[6] The field included 10 of the previous 14 National Champions and three of the Final Four participants from the 2017 NCAA Tournament (North Carolina, Gonzaga, and Oregon).

Victory Bracket[edit]

Campus site games[edit]

  Game 1
November 12
SEC Network
    Game 2
November 14
SportsNet New York
                 
      Stony Brook 62
    Bucknell 73       Connecticut 72
    Arkansas 101  
  Game 3
November 15
ACC Network Extra
    Game 4
November 15
Fox Sports Oklahoma / Sooner Sports TV
                 
      Ball State 69
    Bucknell 81       Oklahoma 108
  9 North Carolina 93  
  Game 5
November 17
ESPN 3
    Game 8
November 22
Patriot League Network
                 
      Ball State 83
    Stony Brook 76       Bucknell 87
    Ball State 87  
  Game 6
November 19
Pac 12 Network
    Game 7
November 19
Big Ten Network
                 
      Stony Brook 71
    Ball State 71     2 Michigan State 93
    Oregon 95  
Game 9
November 26
   
  Bucknell 85
  Stony Brook 76

Championship round[edit]

Quarterfinals
November 23
Semifinals
November 24
Championship
November 26
         
9 North Carolina 102
  Portland 78
9 North Carolina 87
  Arkansas 69
  Arkansas 92
  Oklahoma 83
9 North Carolina 45
4 Michigan State 63
  DePaul 51
4 Michigan State 73
4 Michigan State 77
  Connecticut 57
  Connecticut 71
  Oregon 63
Third Place Game
November 26
   
  Arkansas 102
  Connecticut 67
Consolation Second Round
November 24
Fifth Place Game
November 26
      
  Portland 71
  Oklahoma 93
  Oklahoma 90
  Oregon 80
  DePaul 79
  Oregon 89OT
Seventh Place Game
November 26
   
  Portland 69
  DePaul 82

All-Tournament team[edit]

Player School
Cassius Winston (MVP) Michigan State
Jaylen Barford Arkansas
Trae Young Oklahoma
Luke Maye North Carolina
Joshua Langford Michigan State

Motion Bracket[edit]

Campus site games[edit]

  Game 1
November 14
Longhorn Network
    Game 2
November 17
Pac 12 Network
                 
      Northeastern 59
    New Hampshire 60       Stanford 73
    Texas 78  
  Game 3
November 18
Fox Sports 2
    Game 4
November 18
KHQ/RTNW
                 
      Utah State 66
    Furman 65     17 Gonzaga 79
    Butler 82  
  Game 5
November 19
Big Ten Network +
    Game 6
November 19
SEC Network
                 
      New Hampshire 63
    Northeastern 55     8 Florida 70
    Ohio State 80  
  Game 7
November 20
ACC Network Extra
    Game 8
November 20
                 
      Utah State 79
    Furman 63       Portland State 83
  1 Duke 92  

Championship round[edit]

Quarterfinals
November 23
Semifinals
November 24
Championship
November 26
         
1 Duke 99
  Portland State 81
1 Duke 85OT
  Texas 78
  Butler 48
  Texas 61
1 Duke 87
7 Florida 84
7 Florida 108
  Stanford 87
7 Florida 1112OT
17 Gonzaga 105
17 Gonzaga 86
  Ohio State 59
Third Place Game
November 26
   
  Texas 71
17 Gonzaga 76OT
Consolation Second Round
November 24
Fifth Place Game
November 26
      
  Portland State 69
  Butler 71
  Butler 67OT
  Ohio State 66
  Stanford 71
  Ohio State 79
Seventh Place Game
November 26
   
  Portland State 87
  Stanford 78

All-Tournament team[edit]

Player School
Marvin Bagley III (MVP) Duke
KeVaughn Allen Florida
Chris Chiozza Florida
Jalen Hudson Florida
Johnathan Williams Gonzaga

Sub-regional games[edit]

  • The following sub-regional games were played in Nashville.
  Sub-Regional Game 1
November 24[10]
    Sub-Regional Game 2
November 24[11]
                 
      Northeastern 67
    New Hampshire 64       Utah State 71
    Furman 78  
  Sub-Regional Game 3
November 25[12]
    Sub-Regional Game 4
November 25[13]
                 
      Furman 78
    Utah State 77       Northeastern 67
    New Hampshire 63  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brackets Revealed for PK80 – To Be Played Over Thanksgiving Weekend 2017". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  2. ^ "16-team PK80 event honoring Knight unveiled". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  3. ^ "Brackets Revealed for PK80 – to be Played Over Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 - ESPN MediaZone". espnmediazone.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  4. ^ "North Carolina vs. Michigan State - Game Recap - November 26, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  5. ^ "Duke vs. Florida - Game Recap - November 26, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  6. ^ a b c "Duke, Michigan State and UNC may make the PK80 the best in-season tourney ever". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Georgetown drops out of loaded PK80 tournament". CollegeBasketballTalk. 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  9. ^ "DePaul added to Nike tourney honoring Phil Knight over Thanksgiving". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  10. ^ http://www.unionleader.com/article/20171125/SPORTS22/171129538
  11. ^ http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?section=ncb&id=21542046
  12. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2017/11/25/merrill-scores-20-leads-utah-state-over-new-hampshire-77-63/108015240/
  13. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2017/11/25/furman-rolls-in-nashville-beats-northeastern-78-67-in-pk80/108019692/

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