2010 field nearly set


POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ESPN announced seven of eight teams in the 2010 field of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic during the UNLV-SMU game on ESPNU last night.

Butler, Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi State, San Diego, Utah and host Hawaii were the teams revealed.

Four of the teams made the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09 — Butler, Florida State, Mississippi State and Utah — while Baylor advanced to the 2009 NIT championship game. Butler is ranked No. 20 in the most recent AP poll, while FSU is on the fringe of being ranked.

The tournament will again take place on Dec. 22, 23, and 25, around the Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

A Pac-10 school is being sought for the final slot, ESPN sources said.