The Nebraska men's basketball team has signed an agreement with ESPN to participate in a trio of in-season exempt tournaments over the next three years, beginning in the 2013-14 season, coach Tim Miles announced Thursday.
The three-year agreement begins in November 2013, when the Huskers will travel to Charleston, S.C., to participate in the Charleston Classic. The following year, Nebraska will be in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu the week of Dec. 20. In November 2015, the Huskers will play in the Anaheim Classic.
All three events are carried on the ESPN family of networks and generally feature major conference teams and prominent mid-major programs.
The tournaments will likely improve the strength of the Husker nonconference schedules, which also include the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Nebraska’s most recent in-season tournament was the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Huskers will host the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic this November.
“This is just one way of Coach Miles working on increasing the brand of Nebraska basketball,” said Marc Boehm, Nebraska’s executive associate athletic director. “He didn’t have to schedule us in these tournaments, but he understands the importance of positioning a team for postseason play and also getting the program more exposure on a national level. It also shows the belief that other people have in Coach Miles to turn Nebraska basketball into a winner.”