Maui Jim Maui Invitational

Bracket for 2017 Maui Invitational released

Wichita State, which returns the top eight scorers from a team that went 31-5 last season, will face California in the opening round of this year's Maui Jim Maui Invitational, tournament officials revealed Tuesday in announcing the bracket for the 34th edition of the event. The three-day ...

Roy Williams coaches North Carolina to a victory over Oklahoma State on Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational semifinal round. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui still scores points

LAHAINA — The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is 33 years old, in its prime and poised to stay there. The event had a modest beginning as a four-team competition at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku, but is now college basketball’s pre-eminent early-season tournament. This year’s field had three ...

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Monday's Results Quarterfinals Wisconsin 74, Tennessee 62 Quarterfinals Georgetown 65, Oregon 61 Quarterfinals Oklahoma St. 98, UConn 90 Quarterfinals North Carolina 104, Chaminade 61 Tuesday's Results Consolation Oregon 69, Tennessee 65, OT Consolation UConn 93, ...

North Carolina players and coaches pose after claiming the Maui Jim Maui Invitational title with a 71-56 win over Wisconsin on Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Fourth Carolina

LAHAINA — So, North Carolina can play. The Tar Heels came to the Valley Isle off a sluggish win at Hawaii, but The Associated Press’ fourth-ranked team left no doubt who was the class of this year’s Maui Jim Maui Invitational field with a 71-56 win over No. 16 Wisconsin in the ...

Joel Berry II totaled 54 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for North Carolina in three Maui Invitational games. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Berry wins another tournament MVP award

LAHAINA — After Joel Berry II made back-to-back shots with three minutes to go in Wednesday’s Maui Jim Maui Invitational title game, North Carolina fans at the Lahaina Civic Center began chanting “MVP, MVP!” They got their wish, and the Tar Heels got the win, 71-56 over Wisconsin ...

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks heads toward the hoop as Connecticut’s Steven Enoch defends during the first half of the Ducks’ 79-69 win over the Huskies on Wednesday in the fifth-place game. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Boucher contributes on each end in Oregon win

LAHAINA — Lanky shot-blocker Chris Boucher is a nightmare under the basket, but the 6-foot-10 senior forward is also no picnic for opponents when he’s away from the hoop. Boucher sank five 3-pointers on the way to 21 points, and Oregon won 79-69 over Connecticut on Wednesday in the Maui ...

Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans gets between Georgetown’s Bradley Hayes and Jagan Mosely for a layup in the first half of the Cowboys’ 97-70 win over the Hoyas in Wednesday’s third-place game. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Cowboys beat Hoyas to claim third place

LAHAINA — Oklahoma State rebounded from its first loss of the season pretty well. The Cowboys claimed third place in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Wednesday, beating Georgetown 97-70 at the Lahaina Civic Center. The lopsided win followed a 32-point loss on Tuesday to North Carolina, ...

Chaminade’s Kuany Kuany draws a foul on Tennessee’s Robert Hubbs III (right) as Kyle Alexander also defends during the second half of the Volunteers’ 95-81 win over the Silverswords in the seventh-place game Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Tennessee picks up first win of week

LAHAINA — Tennessee might be one of the most satisfied seventh-place finishers in the history of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. After back-to-back losses to opponents ranked in The Associated Press top 25, the Volunteers will leave the Valley Isle on a winning note, beating Cha-minade ...

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Top prospects Twelve players from six teams that appeared in this year’s Maui Jim Maui Invitational are on nbadraft.net’s list of the top 100 prospects. Terry Larrier, who led Connecticut with 16.7 points per game before a season-ending knee injury Monday, leads the pack at No. 29. The ...

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Tournament images

First photo: Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ blocks a shot by North Carolina’s Justin Jackson during the Tar Heels’ win over the Badgers in Wednesday’s Maui Jim Maui Invitational final at the Lahaina Civic Center. Second photo: Oklahoma State’s Lindy Waters goes up for a shot during the ...

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Monday's Results Quarterfinals Wisconsin 74, Tennessee 62 Quarterfinals Georgetown 65, Oregon 61 Quarterfinals Oklahoma St. 98, UConn 90 Quarterfinals North Carolina 104, Chaminade 61 Tuesday's Results Consolation Oregon 69, Tennessee 65, OT Consolation UConn 93, ...

North Carolina’s Tony Bradley dunks between Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte and Juwan Evans during the first half of the Tar Heels’ 107-75 victory over the Cowboys on Tuesday in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational semifinal game at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Heels earn sixth trip to Maui final

LAHAINA — North Carolina came to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational with one thing in mind. The Tar Heels are one step from that goal. North Carolina reached the tournament final with 107-75 win over Oklahoma State in Tuesday’s last game at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Associated Press’ ...

Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ goes to the hoop as Georgetown’s Bradley Hayes defends during the first half of the Badgers’ 73-57 win over the Hoyas on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Wisconsin rules boards in victory over Georgetown

LAHAINA — Wisconsin gave Georgetown a sense of deja vu, in more ways than one. In the teams’ third meeting in three seasons, the Badgers’ Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ opened the game with a scoring spree, then did the same thing to start the second half of a 73-57 win Tuesday at the ...

Nigel Hayes, shown playing for Wisconsin on Tuesday, has offered public comments on multiple social issues. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Koenig, Hayes tuned in to more than basketball

LAHAINA — Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes are unquestionably Wisconsin’s leaders on the floor. The guidance and maturity the seniors have shown, however, reaches much farther than any gym. Koenig, who is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, protested with fellow Native Americans against the ...

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks attempts a pass to Jordan Bell as Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander defends in the second half of the Ducks’ 69-65 overtime victory over the Volunteers on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Ducks beat Vols in OT, will play for fifth place

LAHAINA — Oregon gave Dillon Brooks more playing time Tuesday, and the junior guard made it worthwhile. In his second game back from a foot injury, Brooks scored 17 points — including a 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime to put the Ducks ahead for good in a 69-65 victory over ...

Connecticut’s Jalen Adams tries to get off a shot over Chaminade’s Kiran Shastri  during the first half of the Huskies’ 93-82 win over the Silverswords on Tuesday. Looking on are UConn’s Juwan Durham and Chaminade’s Sam Daly. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Adams helps UConn get past Chaminade

LAHAINA — Chaminade hung tough again, but once more in the end, the Silverswords’ opponents were too much to handle. Connecticut withstood a 3-point shooting barrage from the NCAA Division II tournament hosts Tuesday afternoon and nearly got a triple-double from Jalen Adams in a 93-82 ...

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Tennessee vs. Chaminade 9 a.m. • ESPNU What’s up? Tennessee gets what, on paper, is its easiest test of the tournament and will try to avoid being the first Division I team to finish eighth on Maui since Texas in 2012. Chaminade, which lost to Tennessee in the seventh-place game in ...

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New roles for Lunas For the first time in the past 10 years, students from Lahainaluna High School are not working the floor at the Maui Invitational, athletic director Scott Soldwisch said. This year, tournament organizers switched to paid positions for sweeping and mopping. About 45 ...

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Tournament images

Oregon’s Chris Boucher misses a dunk during the Ducks’ overtime win over Tennessee in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational consolation game Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. Second photo: Ryan Pollard, younger brother of Chaminade center Nate Pollard, heads to a win in a free-throw contest ...

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Monday's Results Quarterfinals Wisconsin 74, Tennessee 62 Quarterfinals Georgetown 65, Oregon 61 Quarterfinals Oklahoma St. 98, UConn 90 Quarterfinals North Carolina 104, Chaminade 61 Today's Games Consolation Oregon vs. Tennessee 8:30 a.m. • ...