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Bracket unveiled for EA Sports Maui Invitational
July 26, 2012 - Robert Collias
The bracket for the EA Sports Maui Invitational was announced today. As I'm headed to a golf tournament soon, I was supposed to receive some quotes from tournament chairman Dave Odom on my home email, but they have not arrived as scheduled.
The first-day matchups are Butler vs. Marquette and Mississippi State vs. North Carolina one one side of the bracket, Texas vs. Chaminade and USC vs. Illinois on the other side — all on Nov. 19 at the Lahaina Civic Center.
A potential final on Nov. 21 could be Texas-North Carolina. That could be fun.
There are also a ton of "opening games" and "regional games" on the Mainland before the actual tournament happens at the LCC.
The bracket can be downloaded here.
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): Here is the story I just filed for tomorrow's paper, with quotes from tournament chairman Dave Odom:
LAHAINA — The brackets for the EA Sports Maui Invitational were released by event organizers from KemperLesnik on Thursday.
First-round games on Nov. 21 at the Lahaina Civic Center will feature Butler vs. Marquette at 10:30 a.m., Mississippi State vs. North Carolina at 1 p.m., Texas vs. Chaminade at 4:30, and USC vs. Illinois at 7.
“The most intriguing matchup to me is Butler vs. Marquette in game one,” said tournament chairman David Odom in an email to The Maui News. “It’s a great contrast in style. Both teams lost some players from last year, but both teams will be very, very good this year.”
A Marquette-USC matchup on the third day of the tournament, Nov. 23, would be a meeting of friendly head coaches.
“If Marquette meets Southern Cal, that would be a really interesting game,” Odom said. “You’ve got USC head coach Kevin O’Neil, who used to be the head coach at Marquette. And Kevin and Marquette coach Buzz Williams are great friends.”
Odom said the Tar Heels will arrive on Maui with several players worth keeping an eye on, as will a revitalized USC squad.
“When you look at North Carolina, they have a couple of kids coming off injuries – Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland – and it will be interesting to see if they have recovered enough physically,” Odom said. “Then they’ve got James McAdoo, and he’s going to have to do the bulk of the inside work. With Southern Cal, they’ve three transfers who are eligible, so don’t sleep on the Trojans.”
Like last year, teams in the tournament will also play a total of seven “opening round” games from Nov. 9-13 at on-campus sites. There will also be four “regional games” for the non-Maui teams who faced Maui teams in the opening round — all Nov. 17-18 at Elon, N.C.
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