UTEP could face Barbee, Auburn in Diamond Head Classic


POSTED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:58pm

Former UTEP Head Coach Tony Barbee and his Auburn Tigers agreed today to join the teams competing int the 2011 Diamond Head Classic in December.  The Tournament will take place in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  Auburn, Southern Illinois and Kansas State will highlight the field, a field UTEP has agreed to be a part of.

ESPN announced the teams for the men's basketball tournament on Wednesday. It's scheduled for Dec. 22-25 and will be hosted by Hawaii.

The other schools in the field are Clemson, Long Beach State, and Xavier.

Each team is scheduled to play once per day and advance through a bracket, with the two finalists meeting for the championship Dec. 25.

Tony Barbee coached at UTEP from 2006-2010, guiding the Miners talented team to last year's NCAA Tournament, a 77-59 loss to eventual national runner-up, Butler.  Barbee was 82-52 in his four seasons at UTEP, and is currently 9-17 in his first season at Auburn.

Barbee was named the 2010 C-USA Coach of the Year, as well as the NABC District 11 Coach of the Year.

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