Now in its 54th year, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament in the country. The tournament is held annually at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. The list of top-tier college basketball programs that have played in the Sun Bowl Invitational over the past half-century includes Georgetown, Maryland, Arizona and Florida.
The 2015 edition is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22. UC Irvine, Norfolk State and Sam Houston State will join UTEP on the hardwood this year.
In 2009 the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.