"It's a special honor for our program to take part in the Armed Forces Classic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in 2016," Arizona head coach Sean Miller said in a statement. "The Armed Forces Classic is a first-class event that pays tribute to the brave men and women of the United States military. We're excited for the opportunity to honor them as representatives of the University of Arizona."
"To be able to play in the Armed Forces Classic for a second time is certainly an honor not only for the Spartan basketball program, but also Michigan State University," said MSU head coach Tom Izzo in a statement released by the Spartans. "We've been fortunate to play in some unbelievable events over the years, but the opportunity to play at Pearl Harbor is a unique opportunity. The chance to honor and entertain the current military members is amazing in itself, but the opportunity to be a part of the 75th Anniversary recognition of the attacks on Pearl Harbor is truly humbling. As coaches and teams we talk about hard work, overcoming adversity, and sacrifice. This will be a chance to pay tribute in our own little way to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might enjoy the freedoms we still enjoy today."
The last time Arizona played Michigan State also happened to be in Hawaii during the 2005 EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 4-2.
2016 will be the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's pretty neat that the Wildcats will get to take part in this event, and pay homage to the USS Arizona at the same time.
Arizona heads to Maui in a week and a half to take part in this year's EA Sports Maui Invitational, just two years after participating in the Diamondhead Classic in Honolulu. Just another recruiting edge. "Hey, come to Arizona to play basketball, and go to Hawaii every other year."