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PK80 Invitational Announces Matchups Featuring Two Eight Team Brackets

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The Phil Knight Invitational (PK80) — put together specifically to honor Phil Knight’s 80th birthday — released their sixteen game matchups set in two separate brackets.

Sixteen college teams will participate in what will be the best collection of college basketball teams in one event, at a single site, in the history of the sport. Each team will play three games over a four day period with round one being played on Nov. 23, the semifinals on Nov. 24 and the finals in each bracket on Nov. 26.

First round winners will advance to the Winners Bracket. Semifinal winners will face each other for the finals while the semifinal losers will face each other for third place. First round losers will move into the losers bracket with the losers bracket winner claiming fifth place for their respective bracket.

Between the 16-team field, they have won 23 national championships, appeared in 89 Final Fours and received 391 NCAA Tournament invites.

All eight first round games will be played on Nov 23 and will air on ESPN or one of it’s affiliates.

PK80 VICTORY BRACKET:

Game One: North Carolina vs Portland – Moda Center – Time TBD
Game Two: Arkansas vs Oklahoma – Moda Center – Time TBD
– Winners of Game One and Game Two will face each other in the winners bracket semifinals on Nov. 24 with the winner advancing to the Bracket Championship Game on Nov. 26.

Game Three: Georgetown vs Michigan State – Moda Center – Time TBD
Game Four: UConn vs Oregon – Moda Center – Time TBD
– Winners of Game Three and Game Four will face each other in the winners bracket semifinals on Nov. 24 with the winner advancing to the Bracket Championship Game on Nov. 26.

PK80 MOTION BRACKET:

Game One: Duke vs Portland State – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Time TBD
Game Two: Butler vs Texas – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Time TBD
– Winners of Game One and Game Two will face each other in the winners bracket semifinals on Nov. 24 with the winner advancing to the Bracket Championship Game on Nov. 26.

Game Three: Florida vs Stanford – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Time TBD
Game Four: Gonzaga vs Ohio State – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Time TBD
– Winners of Game Three and Game Four will face each other in the winners bracket semifinals on Nov. 24 with the winner advancing to the Bracket Championship Game on Nov. 26.

North Carolina, Michigan State, Duke and Florida are ranked among the top 15 teams in the country in the Way Too Early Preseason rankings. Gonzaga, although not in any of the four rankings D1Vision reviewed, is picked by Vegas as having the sixth best chance to win the 2017-18 Championship.

Six teams will feature freshman classes that rank in the Top 25 of the 247Sports Composite Class Rankings. Duke (2), Texas (5), Oregon (13), Stanford (14) and North Carolina (17). Duke brings in a six-player class highlighted by five-stars Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent.

Tickets are currently available through the PK80 website and TicketMasters. Click HERE to find out more.

 

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