Michigan State will reportedly participate in the PK85 early-season tournament next year.
College basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported on Tuesday that the Spartans will play in the event that celebrates the 85th birthday of Nike co-founder and chairman emeritus Phil Knight. The Spartans played in a similar event in 2017 — the PK80 — which Michigan State won.
The other teams that are reportedly participating in the event includes Duke, North Carolina, Villanova, UConn, Xavier, Gonzaga, Alabama, Florida, Purdue, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland and Portland State. No official dates have been announced but the event is expected to take place in November of 2022, with games being played in Portland.
The PK80 tournament featured two separate brackets of eight teams, and included three games for each team. It appears the PK85 tournament will feature a similar model.
NEWS: The field for the PK85 in 2022 is tentatively set, according to multiple sources.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 10, 2021
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