Ohio State Draws Gonzaga in Opening Round of PK80-Phil Knight Invitational

By Tim Shoemaker on May 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta

Brackets for the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational — a 16-team event honoring the Nike co-founder slated for Thanksgiving weekend — were released Wednesday and Ohio State drew Gonzaga in the opening round.

Depending on the result of the Buckeyes' game against the Bulldogs, Ohio State will play either Florida or Stanford in the next round. Also in the Buckeyes' bracket: Duke, Portland State, Butler and Texas.

Gonzaga finished last season as the national runner-up following a 37-2 season. The two teams will play Thursday, Nov. 23 — also known as Thanksgiving — in Portland, Oregon. No tipoff time has been announced yet.

Ohio State also plays North Carolina in the nonconference on Dec. 23 as part of the CBS Sports Classic which means the Buckeyes play both teams that played for last season's national championship.

Games in the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational will be played Nov. 23-26 at both the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It is an event that features two eight-team brackets of some of college basketball's top Nike programs. Each team is guaranteed to play three games. Ohio State's eight-team draw can be seen below. 

The PK80-Phil Knight Invitational

Full brackets can be seen here.

The other bracket features North Carolina, Portland, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Michigan State, Connecticut and Oregon.

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