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Rebels to play in Hawaii in 2012

The Ole Miss men’s basketball team has been selected to participate in the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic played in late December.

Seven of the eight teams have been announced for the fourth annual holiday tournament to be held at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Competing alongside the Rebels will be 2011 NCAA Tournament teams Arizona and San Diego State, Classic host Hawaii, Miami (Fla.), San Francisco and Texas Tech.

The 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is an eight-team men’s college basketball tournament, which will feature 12 games over 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 Hawaiian Airlines 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.

Ole Miss Men’s Hoops will make its second trip to the nation’s 50th state (2001). The team has played in a tropical holiday tournament each year since 2007.

Destinations have included such locales as Cancun (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and most recently St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands). The Rebels have gone 11-4 in those tournaments over the last five years. (December 1, 2011, Page 7)

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