Heavyweight courts have been designated for the Phil Knight Legacy, men’s PKI and women’s basketball events

For men’s and women’s college basketball, the Thanksgiving Weekend Show in Portland, Oregon, could offer a preview of the Final Four in a pair of major games.

A potential title match could unfold between new coach John Scheer, Duke, Drew Tim and Gonzaga at Phil’s Night Legacy, while women’s basketball stars Paige Bakers and Caitlin Clark could lead Yukon and Iowa, respectively, in a Vail Women’s Championship game. Night Legacy Championship. These are two of the pairings announced Monday for the four Feast Week events in Portland by ESPN.

North Carolina and Oregon, both ranked in an ESPN poll – very early – are the top 25 women’s basketball preseason, Cerskhan’s Phil Knight Invitational Women’s (PKI), the national runner-up in North Carolina, who ranked first on ESPN very early on. The top 25 men’s pre-season basketball poll is the men’s PKI first team, which includes Villanova, Alabama and Oregon.

Overall, the men’s and women’s Phil Knight Legacy events and the men’s and women’s PKI tournaments will feature some of the best teams in America in men’s and women’s basketball. The four events will run at MODA Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Chili’s Center from November 24-27.

At the men’s Phil Knight Legacy event, Duke will face Oregon State in an opening round that includes Florida against Xavier, featuring two first-year head coaches Todd Golden and Sean Miller, respectively; Bordeaux versus West Virginia and Portland versus Gonzaga.

In the Phil Knight Legacy Women’s Championship, UConn and Duke, as well as Iowa and Oregon State, will face off in the preliminary rounds.

In the first round of men’s public switches, North Carolina State, which brings the bulk of the key players back from last year’s race to the National Championship title match, and adds Northwest’s Pete Nance transfer, will face Portland. Iowa State will face first-year coach Kyle Neptune, and the Yukon will play the Oregon team ranked in the very early ESPN poll among the top 25 polls. Also, Michigan State and Alabama will compete in another first-round match in Portland.

The inaugural Women’s PKI Authentication Round will see T-Hina Pawpau and Oregon face Deja Kelly and the North Carolina team that competed in the Sweet 16 competition last season. Iowa State, led by Ashley Jones and Lexi Donarsky, each of the Big 12 team, will face Michigan State in another first round game.

Events in Portland is a follow-up to PK80 in 2017, which honored Nike founder Phil Knight for his contributions to the sport.

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