Butler, Baylor, Among Top Teams In Diamond Head Classic

Jimmy CookContributor IAugust 6, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs talks to his players during a timeout against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Second Annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Basketball Tournament, has a lineup card that will be hard to beat.

As announced by ESPN Regional Television Networks early Friday morning, the field consists of the National Championship Runners-Up Butler Bulldogs, Elite Eight participants Baylor Bears, as well as Florida State, Mississippi State, San Diego, Utah, Washington State, and host school Hawaii.

First Round Match-ups on ESPNU are as follows:

Mississippi St. vs. Washington State

San Diego vs. Baylor

Utah vs. Butler

Florida State vs. Hawaii

The tip for First Round games begins on Dec. 22 at 3 pm, and will be televised on ESPNU. The Championship game can be found live on ESPN2 on Christmas Day at 9:30 pm following the third-place game, which can also be found on ESPN2.

This tournament is not only a chance for early upsets in the NCAA, but also a time for Butler and Baylor to show the world that they are not a one-time deal. Rather, that they are a force to be reckoned with in the College Basketball World.

The Second Annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, December 22nd-25th only on the ESPN Family of Networks

~James Cook Future Associated Press