HOOPS: Moos imprint on WSU's Hawaiian tourney

IN THE FIRST tangible evidence of the Bill Moos regime at WSU, it was announced today the Cougar basketball team will be playing in the made-for-television Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22-25 in Hawaii. ESPN televises the tourney. Sources close to the event say WSU's entry was driven by Moos, who is hellbent on raising Washington State's national profile.

Through Moos, Washington State joins a tourney field announced last December that includes Baylor, Butler, Florida State, Hawai‘i, Mississippi State, San Diego and Utah.

The tournament features four teams that reached the postseason in 2009-10, including national runner-up Butler.

Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Duke, Florida State made the NCAA field of 65 and Mississippi State advanced to the second round of the NIT.

The last tournament Washington State played in Hawai‘i came during the 1991-92 season in which the Cougs went 2-1 in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.

The eight-team men's college basketball tournament will feature 12 games through three days. And the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, also owned by ESPN Regional Television, will be played Dec. 24.

Each hoops team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game Christmas Day.

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