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Diamond Head Classic Championship Preview & Game Thread | Harvard Crimson vs No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners

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Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

Tip: Friday, December 25th | 7:30 PM CST
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

The Oklahoma Sooners escaped with a win in the Diamond Classic semi-final earning a spot in the championship against the Harvard Crimson. Meeting in Hawaii, the matchup pits the two programs against one another for the first time in history. However, the Crimson are undefeated during in-season tournaments winning the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011, the Great Alaska Shootout in 2013, and now collecting two wins in the Diamond Head Classic. With four wins over ranked opponents under his belt since 2007, Coach Tommy Amaker has a chance to add to the resumé.

Buddy Hield is averaged 26 points through the first two games of the tournament. In a contrast of approaches to the game, Harvard will attempt to slow the reigning Conference Player of the Year with a slow style of play along with a solid defensive outing. The Crimson are holding opponents to 38.8% shooting from the field and 64.1 points.

Standing 5-6 on the year, Harvard leans on a six man rotation who earn 21+ minutes per game. Led by Zena Edosomwan's 13.6 points, the Crimson put up 67.3 points each outing. Consistently moving the ball, the Ivy League squad dishes out 16.1 assists as well.