Heavyweight fields set for Portland hoops occasions

For males’s and girls’s school basketball, a Thanksgiving weekend showcase in Portland might provide a Remaining 4 preview in a pair of main matchups.

A possible title sport between new head coach Jon Scheyer and Duke and Drew Timme and Gonzaga might unfold on the Phil Knight Legacy, whereas ladies’s basketball stars Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark may lead UConn and Iowa, respectively, into the championship sport of the ladies’s Phil Knight Legacy match. These are two of the pairings introduced on Monday for the 4 Feast Week occasions in Portland by ESPN.

North Carolina and Oregon, each ranked in ESPN’s way-too-early top-25 ladies’s basketball preseason ballot, will anchor the ladies’s Phil Knight Invitational (PKI), and nationwide runner-up North Carolina, ranked first in ESPN’s manner too early top-25 males’s basketball preseason ballot, is the highest staff within the males’s PKI, together with Villanova, Alabama and Oregon.

General, the boys’s and girls’s Phil Knight Legacy occasions and the boys’s and girls’s PKI tournaments will characteristic a number of the prime groups in America in males’s and girls’s basketball. The 4 occasions will unfold on the Moda Heart, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Chiles Heart Nov. 24-27.

Within the males’s Phil Knight Legacy occasion, Duke will face Oregon State within the opening spherical, together with Florida vs. Xavier, that includes two first-year head coaches in Todd Golden and Sean Miller, respectively, Purdue vs. West Virginia and Portland State vs. Gonzaga.

Within the ladies’s Phil Knight Legacy match, UConn and Duke, plus Iowa and Oregon State, will face off within the preliminary rounds.

Within the males’s PKI first spherical, North Carolina, which returns the majority of the important thing items from final yr’s nationwide championship title sport run and provides Northwestern switch Pete Nance, will battle Portland, Iowa State will face first-year head coach Kyle Neptune and UConn will play an Oregon staff that is ranked within the top-25 of ESPN’s manner too early top-25 ballot. Additionally, Michigan State and Alabama will compete in one other prime first-round matchup in Portland.

The ladies’s PKI opening spherical will pit Te-Hina Paopao and Oregon in opposition to Deja Kelly and a North Carolina squad that made a Candy 16 run final season. Iowa State, led by all-Massive 12 first staff standouts Ashley Joens and Lexi Donarski, will face Michigan State within the different first-round matchup.

The occasions in Portland are a follow-up to the PK80 in 2017, which honored Nike founder Phil Knight for his contributions to the game.

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