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Cats commit to 2017 16-team Nike mega event

Most people get a card for their birthday…Phil Knight is getting two basketball tournaments.

Need a reason to be excited about the 2017 basketball season? Well, get ready, because ESPN just announced plans for a 16-team two-tournament event in honor of Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. The event will take place in Portland, Oregon in November 2017 and include all of the major Nike schools:

Michigan State
North Carolina
Ohio State

NCAA rules prohibit teams from the same conference playing in the same event, so the event will be broken into two eight-team tournaments. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is responsible for organizing the event, which he says is his and other athletic directors’ way of saying thanks to Phil Knight and Nike. The logistics of the tournament are still being worked out, but games will take place at the Rose Garden and Veterans Memorial Coliseum over a four-day period.

Who’s coming with me? I hear Portland is lovely in November.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Cats commit to 2017 16-team Nike mega event

  1. Brad in Portland
    11:10 am August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I finally won’t have to go far to watch the Cats.

  2. UKChillfan
    11:23 am August 16, 2012 Permalink

    OMG- saving miles on my card for this!!!!

  3. AaronJ
    11:26 am August 16, 2012 Permalink

    That is going to be a great event, start saving up now so we can out number everybody else!

  4. cracka
    11:28 am August 16, 2012 Permalink

    just to clarify in case you don’t wanna read the article – there will be 2 separate tournaments of 8 teams because of a rule not allowing you to play another team in your own conference … so they can only pick 2 teams from each conference and have to split them up

  5. Bradley
    11:37 am August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Thank GOD we don’t have to play Florida! They’re gonna be amazing in 2017!

  6. Working in Memphis
    11:50 am August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I was in Portland at the very end of last October, and it was cold and rainy the whole time. Not nice. But maybe thats just normal.

  7. motodog
    12:04 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    The MEGABOWL!!!

  8. sean miller
    12:08 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Where is Arizona?

  9. Han
    12:55 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys, that should be right about when UNC’s post-season ban ends and they have something to look forward to.

    Also, odds are Calhoun will be long gone, if not Roy. Coach K could even retire by then. That also gives plenty of NBA teams a chance to try to woo Cal unsuccessfully, and it’s also plenty of time for Bill D to accept a job or 2 and back out.

  10. Ican'tbeleiveit
    1:06 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Looserville ain’t in it just like Cal the great said louisville doesn’t exsist.I tell all my looserville fans they are not elite they couldn’t even get invited to a 16 team event Xavier got picked of the cods lol.

  11. CATS
    1:57 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I love my cats, but I’m pretty sure UL didn’t get invited because they are adidas. Just a thought.

  12. Linda Taylor
    1:59 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    10-UL is an Addidas affiliate, they wouldn’t be invited to a Nike event. Bad choice for them.

  13. motodog
    2:12 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    We will win 4th place at the Megabowl

  14. CATS
    2:24 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Try 1st place.

  15. ukfastcat
    2:31 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    If by “nice in November” you mean very, very WET, you are correct. LOL

  16. PortlandCat
    4:07 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, they have a tournament scheduled 5 years in advance? I’ll be there…assuming I still live in Oregon.

  17. Chris in Henderson
    5:01 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder what could happen to that field if there is any conference realignment. For instance, if Texas would move to the PAC-12, do they drop out? You would keep them from a marketing standpoint. So what would you do with Stanford and Oregon? A lot can happen between now and 2017.

  18. Ash Mason
    6:53 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    The Northern California BBN West Coasters will be there! Now, when do tickets go on sale??!?!?!? 🙂

  19. Ash Mason
    6:55 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink