EUGENE, Ore. – The UConn women’s basketball team will participate in the PK80 women’s basketball invitational at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 25, 2017 in celebration of Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
Along with the PK80 men’s basketball invitational taking place in Portland next season, the Oregon women’s basketball team will host UConn, Michigan State and Oklahoma for the women's invitational on Nov. 25. The four teams will play a one-day doubleheader, with UConn facing Michigan State and the Ducks taking on Oklahoma.
PK80 is a basketball event honoring Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Phil Knight, in advance of his 80th birthday. The men’s tournament in Portland, taking place on Thursday, Friday and Sunday of the same weekend as the women’s games in Eugene, features the Ducks plus Arkansas, Butler, UConn, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.
Tickets for the women’s doubleheader will be available through the Oregon athletics ticket office at GoDucks.com. Additional information will be released at a later date.
OREGON HEAD COACH KELLY GRAVES
“We’re honored to be a part of the celebration for Phil Knight. He has done so much for our university, our state and the game of basketball. It’s an amazing opportunity for our fans to see some really great competition and I’m very excited to be playing in it.”
UCONN HEAD COACH GENO AURIEMMA
“I am already looking forward to competing in the Phil Knight Invitational out in Oregon next November. Eugene is a beautiful town and Matt Knight Arena is one of the most impressive facilities that I have ever set foot in. It will be a great experience for us to play a quality opponent like Michigan State so far from home in what will surely be a first class event. What better way to celebrate Phil Knight’s 80th then to host a competitive event in his name?”
OKLAHOMA HEAD COACH SHERRI COALE
“This event is an extraordinary way to honor Phil Knight and his visionary leadership. He has made a profound impact on college basketball and we’re excited for the opportunity to be a part of this field.”
MICHIGAN STATE HEAD COACH SUZY MERCHANT
“First, I think to have the opportunity to celebrate somebody who has been so influential in our culture as a country and now globally is something pretty special. Phil Knight has done so much with his successes and given back and built a dynasty and a brand that is recognizable to everyone in the world. How neat is it to be able to celebrate somebody who has really built something from nothing? And then to have the opportunity to play UConn? Every girl grows up knowing that UConn is an amazing basketball team and to be able to play them even on a neutral site makes it even better. We are looking forward to it. To be the best you have to compete against the best. We are looking forward to the challenge ahead."
ABOUT MATTHEW KNIGHT ARENA
Matthew Knight Arena opened its doors on Jan. 13, 2011, to a sold-out crowd of 12,364 as the Oregon men’s basketball team christened the new palace with a 68-62 victory over USC. The building, named after the late son of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, is located on the east side of the University of Oregon campus. The unique floor design at Matthew Knight Arena is a nod to the Tall Firs, the nickname of Oregon’s national championship basketball squad in 1939. The-one-of-a-kind perspective is looking up from a clearing in the forest that celebrates Oregon’s beautiful environment.
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