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Houston Cougars Open Diamond Head Classic vs. Portland on December 22

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Coogs face Portland Pilots, December 22, 2 pm, on ESPNU

POSTED: July 11, 2019 -- 3:39 p.m. CT

The Houston Cougars' men's basketball program will face Portland at 2 p.m. (CT), December 22, on ESPNU, to open the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic inside the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

ESPN Events revealed the complete tournament bracket and matchups Thursday.

Houston owns a 4-0 lead in the all-time series against Portland. However, the meeting in Hawai'i will be the first time the Cougars have faced the Pilots since an 88-63 win on December 21, 1984, in the Kettle Classic inside the former Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston.

Following the game against Portland, the Cougars meet Georgia Tech or Boise State on December 23, depending on the First-Round results. Houston closes out its stay in the Aloha State on Christmas against UTEP, Washington, Ball State or Hawai'i contingent on the previous results.

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Sun, Dec. 22
Time (CT)
2 p.m. Houston vs. Portland ESPNU
4 p.m. Georgia Tech vs. Boise State ESPNU
8:30 p.m. UTEP vs. Washington ESPN2
Mon, Dec. 23
Time (CT)
3:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNU
6 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN2
10 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
12:30 a.m. Consolation #2 ESPN2
Wed, Dec. 25
Time (CT)
12:30 or 2:30 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
12:30 or 2:30 p.m 5th Place Game ESPNU
5:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Championship ESPN2

The tournament features the Cougars, Portland, Georgia Tech, Boise State, UTEP, Washington, Ball State and host Hawai'i with 12 games played over three days.

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