UConn to take part in “insanely loaded” tournament to honor Nike founder Phil Knight’s birthday

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(WTNH)–UConn will join Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas as just a few of the big-name schools that will be competing in PK80, a 16-team college hoops event held in honor of Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday in 2017.

The event will consist of two eight-team tournaments, taking place simultaneously at the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., during Thanksgiving week 2017.

The list of participating teams also includes Arkansas, Butler, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Portland, Portland State and Stanford. Games will be televised on ESPN networks.

The schools have combined for 23 national championships and more than 85 Final Fours, according to a release from ESPN.

“It’s an honor to be included in this prestigious group of college basketball programs and to get the chance to participate in an event as exciting as the PK80. The level of competition, as well as the college basketball atmosphere, will make it a tremendous experience for everyone involved, especially the student-athletes. After all he’s done for college basketball, there is no more appropriate way to help Phil Knight celebrate such a special birthday.”

Ticket information and tournament brackets will be announced at a later date.

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