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Portland will hoop it up


The Mount Everest of all regular-season men’s college basketball tournaments is on the threshold, and it’s coming right here to the City of Roses.

The “Phil Knight Invitational” will be held Nov. 23-26, 2017, at the Moda Center and Memorial Coliseum.

The 16-team event, dubbed “PK 80”, will honor Knight during the season of the Nike co-founder’s 80th birthday (he turns 80 on Feb. 24, 2018). It will be set up in two eight-team brackets, with championship games being played in each bracket on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Games will be telecast on ESPN, which worked with representatives of the Rose Quarter to put together the field representing the more than 100 Division I programs affiliated with Nike.

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