Spending Christmas in Hawaii sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? Now throw in some Buffs basketball and you have one heck of a holiday season.
The University of Colorado men's basketball team will be one of eight teams playing at the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i next Christmas.
The field for the sixth annual event also includes George Washington, Nebraska, Ohio, Wichita State and tournament host Hawai'i. Two more teams will be announced at a later date to round out the eight-team field.
The Buffaloes (10-2) are one of two teams in the field that are nationally ranked in Monday's national polls. The Buffaloes fell one spot to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll and remain No. 24 in the USA Today/Coaches, while Wichita State (12-0) is No. 8 in the Coaches' and No 10 in the AP.
George Washington (10-1) is on the cusp of the Top 25 and receiving votes in both polls. Nebraska and Ohio are both 8-3 this season, while the Rainbow Warriors are 7-3.
Four of the six teams in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic qualified for the postseason in 2012-13, highlighted by the Shockers who advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, an eight-team men's college basketball tournament, will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on the final day of the tournament.