Always on the cutting-edge, Nike founder Phil Knight created another entity many across the sports world will absolutely love.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Portland will be playing host to the Phil Knight Invitational — a 16-team tournament designed to celebrate Knight’s 80th birthday.
Essentially akin to that of a March Madness regional, teams from across the country will battle it out in order to hoist the inaugural trophy. There will be two “regions” comprised of eight teams each.
The “Victory” and “Motion” brackets are made up of programs exclusively represented by either Nike or Jordan. The set-up was also created as a means to prevent same-conference teams from playing each other.
Here’s a look at the Victory Bracket:
And here’s the Motion Bracket:
The Victory bracket offers some rather tasty match-ups — particularly with a potential Michigan State-Oregon contest. Defending national champion North Carolina also looms at the top half of the bracket.
On the Motion side, national runner-up Gonzaga will square off with Ohio State, and could ultimately be playing Florida. The top-half of the bracket features Duke, and two upstart programs in Butler and Texas.
Credit Nike and Knight for putting on this fantastic event. Not only will it enable these teams to get games against quality competition early in the season, but it also could play a large role come tournament time — where a resume could be strengthened or weakened by the said results.
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