In November of 2017, as part of a celebration of Phil Knight’s 80th birthday, Nike engineered the largest preseason basketball tournament in NCAA history. Marquee names like North Carolina, Duke, and Michigan State we all part of a 16 team tournament in Portland’s Moda Center and the neighboring Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. In November of this year – PK80 will become PKI, or the Phil Knight Invitational.
“We are excited for the opportunity to grow the PKI out of the success of the PK80.” declared Clint Overby, VP of ESPN Events.
The event is scheduled for November 12 in the Moda Center and will feature Oklahoma facing Oregon State and Oregon hosting Memphis. The PKI is currently scheduled to occur every November through 2021.