On Monday the Maui Invitational matchups were announced, and with it comes a slate of contests that will surely get the juices flowing next November.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) July 19, 2016
We already knew the teams involved, but now we know the matchups. And there are some doozies on tap. The games will begin on November 21 and end on November 23
One side of the bracket has North Carolina taking on host team Chaminade with the winner set to face the winner of a matchup between Oklahoma State and Connecticut. The other side of the bracket has Tennessee taking on Wisconsin with the winner facing the winner of the Oregon/Georgetown affair.
The field includes two No.1 seeds from last season’s NCAA Tournament in North Carolina and Oregon. An additional two teams, Connecticut and Wisconsin, also made the 2016 NCAA Tournament. All of the aforementioned teams are expected to be top-20 teams heading into the 2016-17 season.
The organizers of the Maui Invitational issued a release confirming the matchups. More from MauiInvitational.com:
“With so many high-profile teams, compelling storylines and talented coaches and players, these three days at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be exciting to watch,” Tournament Chairman Dave Odom said. “This Tournament regularly prepares teams for the rigors of the coming year, and success in Maui can often set the tone for a memorable season ahead.”
This will be the 33rd incarnation of the Maui Invitational. The games are played at the tiny Lahaina Civic Center, which holds roughly a couple of thousand people.
Kansas won last year’s event when it beat Vanderbilt. The Duke Blue Devils have won the most Maui Invitational championships with five.