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MSU to play in Phil Knight Invitational next year

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tom Izzo

Nike better get an extra-large dinner table.

There's a lot of company coming for Thanksgiving 2017, the Spartans included.

Nike and ESPN announced Wednesday a 16-team tournament in the heart of Nikeland, Portland, Oregon, to run Nov. 23, 24 and 26 next year.

The tournament will celebrate the 80th birthday of Nike founder and Basketball Hall of Famer Phil Knight.

"We've been fortunate to play in some incredible preseason events, but we've never been part of something this amazing — both in terms of quantity and quality of teams," MSU coach Tom Izzo said in a release.

"This is sure to be an incredible experience for all the student-athletes."

Joining Michigan State at the tournament will be Arkansas, Butler, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.

Combined, the field has combined for 23 national championships and more than 85 Final Four appearances.

The tournament, named PK80, will be split into two eight-team tournaments, with each team playing three games.

The tournaments will run simultaneously in two arenas, Rose Quarter's Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

All games will be broadcast on ESPN's family of networks.

Ticket details will be announced at a later date.

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