Brackets Announced For PK80
Spartans will open against Georgetown. Other teams in bracket include UConn, Oregon, North Carolina, Portland, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The "Motion" and "Victory" brackets for PK80 presented by State Farm -- the 16-team, early-season men's college basketball event honoring Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight celebrating his 80th birthday -- have been finalized.
Playing in the Victory bracket, Michigan State will open against Georgetown, in what will be the third-ever meeting between the Spartans and Hoyas. MSU will face either Connecticut or Oregon in the second game. The other half of MSU's bracket includes North Carolina, Portland, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The two eight-team brackets will run simultaneously in the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., with the crowning of two champions. Games will be played Thursday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 26. MSU will play at the Moda Center on Thursday and Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday. Sunday's game location is yet to be determined.
All games from Portland will be televised on ESPN networks (to be announced at a later date). PK80 was created on behalf of the schools and is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, in conjunction with the Rose Quarter.
Limited All Session and Moda Only Ticket Packages are still available exclusively at pkinvitational.com/tickets. Single-session tickets, which include seats for two games, will go on sale Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office (M-F 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.), by calling 800.745.3000 or online at pkinvitational.com/tickets. Fans can join the presale for single-session seats by signing up now at pkinvitational.com/event-info/.
The PK80 brackets are named as a tribute to Phil Knight and the iconic sports brand he created.
"Victory": In Greek mythology, Nike was considered the goddess of Victory
"Motion": The swoosh logo is not only meant to represent motion, but to also resemble the wings of the goddess Nike
The "Motion" bracket will feature Butler, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.
The early session will showcase Duke vs. Portland State and Butler against Texas
The evening session pairs Florida against Stanford and Gonzaga vs. Ohio State
The "Victory" bracket will showcase Arkansas, UConn, Georgetown, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and Portland.
North Carolina will face Portland and Arkansas will play Oklahoma in the day's early session
The evening games will feature Georgetown against Michigan State and UConn vs. Oregon
Established in 1995, the Rose Quarter is a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The region is highlighted by two multi-purpose arenas, the 19,393-seat Moda Center and 12,888-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Together, the venues serve as homes to the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, WHL's Portland Winterhawks and AFL's Portland Steel, in addition to a wide variety of concerts, family shows and other events. Founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988, the Trail Blazers are the foremost resident of the Moda Center after winning the 1977 NBA Championship at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Widely known for its innovative approaches to sustainability and environmental practices, the Moda Center earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The Rose Quarter also includes a large commons area, annex office building, four parking garages, signature restaurant and bar Dr. Jack's, and easy access to the city's robust public transportation system. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit rosequarter.com.