Maui Invitational bracket unveiled
The Maui News
In its first game back in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, host Chaminade University has a tough challenge.
Nothing new there.
The Silverswords will face men’s college basketball powerhouse Kansas in the first round of this year’s tournament, the bracket for which was revealed early Thursday morning.
After missing last year’s tournament — the first year of an agreement to participate in the event’s championship round every other year instead of annually — Division II Chaminade will take on the mighty Jayhawks in the third of four games on Nov. 25 at Lahaina Civic Center, at 4 p.m.
The Silverswords, who often draw the perceived No. 1 seed in the first round, are 8-92 overall in the tournament, celebrating its 36th year.
The Jayhawks have won two Maui titles, including in their most recent appearance in 2015 — they also won in 1996. This will be the school’s seventh Maui appearance, tying Arizona and North Carolina for most among non-host programs.
Chaminade and Kansas have met three times before in the tournament, in 1987 (Kansas 89, Chaminade 62), 2005 (Kansas 102, Chaminade 54) and 2015 (Kansas 123, Chaminade 72).
On the same side of the bracket, BYU takes on UCLA in the first day’s nightcap at 6:30 p.m. The Bruins won the Maui title in 2006.
The other side of the bracket features two former Maui champs in Michigan State and Dayton.
Dayton faces Georgia in the tournament’s first game at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 25. The Flyers won the tournament in 2003 — defeating Hawaii 82-72 — while the Bulldogs are making their first appearance in the event.
Perennial power Michigan State will be playing on Maui for the fifth time, having compiled an 8-4 record with a title in 1991. The Spartans play Virginia Tech, which finished third in its only Maui appearance in 1985, at noon in the first round.
For the second straight year, the championship game will be played before some consolation games. The final will be at noon on Nov. 27, after the fifth-place game but before the seventh- and third-place games.
Ticket information is available at mauiinvitational.com. On-island and individual ticket sale dates have yet to be announced.
Maui Jim Maui Invitational
At Lahaina Civic Center
Monday, Nov. 25
Georgia vs. Dayton, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Virginia Tech vs. Michigan St., noon (ESPN2)
Kansas vs. Chaminade, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
BYU vs. UCLA, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Georgia-Dayton loser vs. Virginia Tech-Michigan St. loser, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Kansas-Chaminade loser vs. BYU-UCLA loser, noon (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Georgia-Dayton winner vs. Virginia Tech-Michigan St. winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Kansas-Chaminade winner vs. BYU-UCLA winner, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Fifth-place game, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Championship, noon (ESPN)
Seventh-place game, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Third-place game, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)