A&M pulls out of Hawaii hoops tourney

February, 14, 2011
2/14/11
3:38
PM CT
If you were planning your Christmas vacation around Texas A&M basketball and the beaches of Hawaii, you're out of luck.

The Aggies withdrew from the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, the team announced Monday, citing the format change for 10-team Big 12.

"With the expansion of the Big 12 schedule next year and the projected earlier start to conference play, I didn’t feel that preceding that with a long trip was in the best interest of our team," coach Mark Turgeon said. "We wanted to let our fans know about our decision in case they were considering making travel plans to follow us out there."

The Aggies expect to make a major announcement regarding the 2011-12 basketball schedule in the early part of March, according to a news release.

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