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Major college basketball event planned for Portland in 2017

    Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis may have pulled off his greatest scheduling coup.

    Hollis told on Thursday that he has secured commitments from 16 schools to participate in a two-tournament men’s basketball event in honor of Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.

    The two tournaments, each consisting of eight teams, would take place in Portland, Ore. during a four-day period in November 2017. Knight’s 80th birthday is Feb. 24, 2018.

    This event would have more collective star power than any of the previous tournaments played at Maui, New York, Orlando or the Bahamas. The 16 Nike-sponsored schools — mostly elite programs — include Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.

    — Excerpt from, August 16, 2012


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