Basketball tournament will honor Phil Knight’s 80th

The Nike co-founder will turn 80 in February 2018

Nike co-founder and Ducks benefactor Phil Knight looks on before the start of an NCAA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at the new Matthew Knight Arena, in Eugene, Ore. The 12,500-seat facility, was named after the late son of Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Nike co-founder and Ducks benefactor Phil Knight looks on before the start of an NCAA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at the new Matthew Knight Arena, in Eugene, Ore. The 12,500-seat facility, was named after the late son of Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In honor of Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday, 16 college basketball teams are coming together for an early-season tournament.

The PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, coming up over Thanksgiving weekend in 2017, will include 16 teams. The games will be played at the Moda Center and Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas will play in the tournament.

Ten of those teams have previously won NCAA titles and 13 of them have made it to the Final Four.

“This will be one of the finest tournament fields ever assembled and it is an excellent way to celebrate Phil Knight,” said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. “He has done so much, not just for the University of Oregon, but all of college basketball. We are honored to be a part of the PK80 tournament.”

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