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Great Alaska Shootout

In Anchorage, basketball rules Thanksgiving week with the Great Alaska Shootout. Top collegiate teams show their prowess on the court over the holiday long weekend. The tournament runs Nov. 22-26, 2016.

A tradition in Anchorage, the annual tournament is hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage at the Alaska Airlines Center.

For 2016, the hometown UAA Seawolves face off against Missouri State, USC and Portland in the women's bracket. The Seawolves finished second in Division II play last season. In the men's bracket, Buffalo, Oakland, Nevada, UC Davis, Weber State, Iona and Drake join UAA. The field includes five NCAA Tournament qualifying teams from last season and two other postseason performers.

Purchase ticket packages, and find tournament information at Single game tickets are on sale in November.

Shootout Airfare Deal

Receive a discount of up to a 10 percent on tickets from any city Alaska Airlines serves in the contiguous United States or Alaska when you travel to Shootout. Enter discount code ECMA263 for travel to Anchorage Nov. 20-25, and departing Anchorage Nov. 21, or 24-28, 2016. Enter the discount code in the flight search window, and the discount will be applied to all qualifying flights. Buy your ticket today.

Tournament Hotel Deals

The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel is offering a special rate of $95 (plus bed tax) for the nights of Nov. 20-26. Reference Great Alaska Shootout when booking.

The Anchorage Marriott Downtown Great Alaska Shootout rate is $119.

Thanksgiving in Anchorage

In between games, there is plenty to see and do during Thanksgiving in Anchorage. Thanksgiving week is filled with events. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place Friday evening in Town Square Park. "The Nutcracker", and the state's best shopping are all part of the appeal.