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Doghouse Classic: Spring 2024 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament


Registration opens December 1, 2023


Register Here

*IM teams, register at


Saturday, April 20, 2024


Tournament Overview

Tournament check-in Saturday morning will be TBD at the front counter across from the SDC main entrance. All teams must check in prior to their first game. Each participant will receive tournament swag!

The tournament will take place in the Multipurpose Room on six competition courts. Two practice courts will be blocked off and available beginning in the morning (time TBD) and throughout the tournament for warm-ups and practice.

The tournament schedule is TBD. The game schedule posting is TBD. Division formats, schedules, and teams will be posted on boards outside the Multipurpose Room and updated with scores throughout the day. Trophies for division champions will be handed out at the SDC main front counter upon completion of each division.

Parking will be available in Lots 22 and 24.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Coaches Corner, located in the SDC adjacent to the Multipurpose Room, is tentatively scheduled to be open during the tournament. No food is allowed in the Multipurpose Room.

This tournament is an excellent opportunity to have some fun playing 3-on-3 basketball in a friendly yet competitive environment. Prizes for division champs and event swag for all participants!



The Doghouse Classic is an original Michigan Tech event that saw its beginnings over 30 years ago under the direction of Kevin Borseth, head women’s basketball coach at the time. The Doghouse Classic was a long-standing tradition in the Houghton and Hancock area up until the last tournament took place in 2007. In 2016, the tradition was reestablished. Michigan Tech Recreation is excited about the opportunity to host the tournament and bring the Doghouse back to its former glory!


SDC Multipurpose Room



Saturday, April 20, 2024

Check-In Time: Saturday, April 20 TBD at the SDC main entrance front counter. All participants MUST check in prior to their first game.

Tournament Format

The number of teams registered will determine the number of divisions and the tournament format for each division. The preferred format will be a double-elimination bracket. Tournament brackets will not be available until the day of the tournament.


The goal is to host a boys’ and girls’ division for grade levels 4 through 8, JV, and Varsity. There will also be men’s and women’s open divisions available to all ages. Teams will be placed in a division according to the highest level played by any team member. Any athlete is welcome to play up a division level. However, athletes cannot play down a level.



$120*/team (4 players/team)
*IM teams, register at

Deadline to Register: April 8, 2024, 11:59 pm

Online registration is preferred. Teams must also submit completed forms for each player by email to or mailed to the address below.

Michigan Tech Recreation
Attn: Paula Olson
1400 Townsend Drive
SDC Room 142
Houghton MI 49931

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Cancellations prior to April 8 will be charged $25 per team. Refunds after April 8 will be issued for medical reasons only (doctor’s note required).

Tournament Coordinators

Josh Buettner, Head Coach, Michigan Tech Men's Basketball

Josh Buettner was named head men's basketball coach on April 16, 2021. Buettner helped the Huskies to the NCAA Midwest Region Championship game in his 1st season as associate head men's basketball coach in 2020-21. The team finished 15-8 overall and 12-6 in the GLIAC North Division. Prior to his promotion to Associate Head Coach, Buettner served 13 seasons as assistant coach. He has recruited four All-Americans and numerous All-GLIAC First Team selections since his appointment in 2008. The Shawano WI native starred for the Huskies from 2001-05. He was a two-time All-American and earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as both a junior and senior. A 6-9 forward, Buettner finished third on Tech’s all-time scoring chart with 2,061 career points. Following his graduation from Tech in 2005, Buettner played professionally in Europe for three years. He played in leagues in Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland, and was named the Danish Elite League Player of the Year in his second pro campaign. In addition to his coaching duties, Buettner teaches classes in the kinesiology and integrated physiology department and coordinates all of Michigan Tech's boys' basketball camps, clinics, and leagues as well as the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.


Zach Flener began his first year as assistant men's basketball coach in 2022-23. He assisted the squad to an upset victory over No. 1 seed Wisconsin Parkside in the GLIAC quarterfinals and Tech reached the Championship game before falling the NMU to end the season.

Prior to the Huskies, Flener served as basketball operations associate with the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G-League in 2021-22. In 2020-21, Flener was a player development coordinator at Lipscomb University. One year prior, he interned with the Dallas Mavericks for one season.


For more information about the Doghouse, contact Coach Buettner at