• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: Debris from missing plane discovered on Lake Clark - Read More
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 30s

Hackett sees growth for Shootout

By Dave Goldman 12:41 PM December 2, 2013

UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett is making the tournament a top priority

ANCHORAGE  – University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Director Keith Hackett wants to return the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout to prominence.

For years, it has been one of the country’s most recognizable Thanksgiving holiday college basketball tournaments.

“Going back to 1978, the Great Alaska Shootout is what people watched and the history and tradition of the Great Alaska Shootout is something people know about,” Hackett said.

Pleased with the quality of play, he said he feels as many as four of this year’s participants (Harvard topped Texas Christian 71-50) could play in the NCAA tournament in March.

But given 2013’s solid playing field, Hackett wants the Shootout to grow — and improve.  The list of past winners is littered with the sport’s blue bloods: Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Arizona and Syracuse.  College basketball royalty routinely had Thanksgiving dinner in Anchorage.

But holiday tournaments are now the norm and providing stiff competition. Attendance has dwindled in recent years. Hackett, who came on board in September, is making the tournament a top priority.

“We’re going to work awfully hard to enhance the field,” he said. “Try to get out there, make connections, develop relationships across the United States with some of those schools and talk to them about coming back to the Great Alaska Shootout.”

For more than thirty years, the tournament has been played at the Sullivan Arena. In 2014, the destination will be different as the new, 5,600-seat Alaska Airlines Center will open next fall.

“It’s going to provide some of that sizzle we need,” Hackett said.

He’s already warming the pan.

“It’s going to be a difference maker and really help the tournament move forward,” Hackett said.

He’ll be working the phones trying to get more teams from the Lower 48 to consider the 49th state once again.

Latest Stories

  • Government proposes letting airline passengers make phone calls

    by Associated Press on Dec 08, 20:16

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is proposing that airlines be allowed to permit their passengers to make phone calls during flights using Wi-Fi despite complaints from flight attendants and others that the calls could be disruptive. The Department of Transportation’s proposal leaves it up to airlines whether to allow the calls. But carriers would be […]

  • Lifestyle

    A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

    by Associated Press on Dec 08, 20:08

    NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials say more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. The new numbers were part of the annual tally of deaths […]

  • Lifestyle

    Winter waterfowl: Biologists monitor mallards that don’t migrate

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 08, 20:01

    Every winter the Alaska Department of Fish and Game gets calls from people concerned about ducks that haven’t flown south for the winter. Waterfowl biologist Mike Petrula said there are about 1,500 mallards that make Anchorage their year-round home and they seem to be thriving. “Mallards are a very tough duck. They’re a big-bodied bird. […]

  • News

    Vigil planned for murdered Palmer teen

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 08, 18:54

    Organizers are expecting a big turnout Friday for a Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Prayer for David Grunwald event. Grunwald is the Palmer teen who was missing for weeks before his body was discovered in the Knik River Road area. Another 16-year-old has been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection to the slaying. Gina Spangler is […]

  • Conservation council looking for fish tales for new almanac

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 08, 18:08

      Have any good personal or commercial fishing stories, anecdotes, pictures or art? The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is “calling all writers, artists, know-hows and know-nots” for a new Young Fisherman’s Almanac. The almanac, due out next year, is being put together to connect young fishermen and women. Most commercial fishing permit holders are over the […]

  • News

    Anchorage pot shop plans to start selling marijuana clones Friday

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 08, 17:18

    Ever since marijuana was legalized in Alaska, Arctic Herbery owner Bryant Thorp has said he wanted his pot shop to be the first to open in Anchorage. Now, after years of preparation, he’s confident it’s going to happen. Thorp told KTVA on Tuesday that he finally has all the required licenses in hand. “They gave […]

  • On-Air

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will you get the remainder of your PFD?

    by John Tracy on Dec 08, 17:11

    What are the chances you’ll be seeing the other half of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend? Recently, an Anchorage superior court judge upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to cut this year’s dividend in half by exercising his veto power. The lawsuit, challenging Walker’s authority, was filed by Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski. The case is being […]

  • News

    APD: 2 arrested for midtown Anchorage bank robbery

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 13:56

    Two people are in custody for robbing a midtown Anchorage bank, then attempting to elude law enforcement, according the Anchorage Police Department. APD said shortly after 1:20 p.m. they received a report of a robbery at the Denali Federal Credit Union on the 300 block of Minnesota Drive. An initial report to police claimed the […]