SEATTLE – ​It's never too early to start making holiday travel plans. And Seattle U basketball fans can now start preparing for sunshine and palm trees in December as the Redhawks have announced official acceptance into the 2020 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii and managed by ESPN Events.

"We are thrilled to be invited to one of the premier, nationally televised tournaments to be hosted each year," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "This is an exciting opportunity for our players and our program as a whole."

Recent tournament winners have included TCU (2018), USC (2017), San Diego State (2016) and Oklahoma (2015). The 2019 field includes the likes of Georgia Tech, Washington, Hawaii, Boise State, Ball State, Houston, UTEP and Portland.

A full tournament bracket, ticket information and travel packages for the 2020 Diamond Head Classic will be revealed by ESPN Events in December. The tournament traditionally includes games on December 22, 23 and 25.

This tournament during the 20-21 season will make the second straight year that the Redhawks participate in a nationally televised tournament run by ESPN Events. This November, Seattle U will face 2019 NCAA Tournament teams Syracuse, Ole Miss and Yale, along with either Bucknell or Northern Michigan, all as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The remaining 2019-20 Redhawks schedule will be unveiled in the coming weeks at goseattleu.com.

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