PK80, an early-season men’s basketball tournament created to honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight, released its two eight-team brackets on Wednesday. Oklahoma will compete in the “Victory” bracket and open tournament play against Arkansas on November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) at Moda Center in Portland, Ore.
The event celebrates the 80th birthday of Knight and his contributions to college basketball. The “Victory” and “Motion” brackets will run simultaneously in Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with the crowning of two champions. Games will be played November 23, November 24 and November 26. Oklahoma will face either defending NCAA champion North Carolina or Portland in the second round, and Connecticut, Georgetown, Oregon or Michigan State in the final game. The “Motion” bracket has Butler, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. The PK80 field boasts 24 national titles, including 10 of the past 14 winners.
“We’re very excited to be included in this prestigious field of teams,” said Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger. “In celebration of Phil Knight’s 80th birthday, PK80 promises to be an excellent week of competition against some of the best programs in the history of college basketball. It will be a tough test for us early in the season and a great opportunity for our team to compete in an environment similar to the NCAA Tournament.”