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Phil Knight's tourney draws top-10 teams to Oregon this week

Nike founder Phil Knight is throwing a birthday party and every college basketball fan is invited.

Well, they can at least watch it on TV.

Knight is celebrating his 80th birthday by staging a two-bracket tournament — the PK80 — beginning Thursday in Oregon. It includes some of the sport's heaviest hitters, too, including four schools ranked in the top 10 this week: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 7 Florida and ninth-ranked North Carolina.

No. 17 Gonzaga is also in the field along with Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, schools that are all receiving votes. There are 16 teams total, eight lined up in each bracket.

"It's a big, big, big-time deal...