Maui Invitational Schedule
For most college basketball fans, the confetti raining down on the National Champions
during the annual singing of "One Shining Moment" is a bittersweet moment. Though we love the thrill and excitement of the
season's final game, fans know that the season is over and that many favorite players will move on. The Maui Invitational,
played against one of the most beautiful backdrops in all of sports, is the preseason event that fans circle on their calendars
as the sign that their beloved sport is back. The Maui Invitational is a preseason tournament that annually features some
of the hottest programs in all of college basketball, with iconic programs like Duke, Syracuse, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Arizona
and Connecticut all having hoisted the tournament trophy. The tournament is also known for its stunning upsets, with the 2012
stunner of Division II Chaminade, the host school, upsetting annual powerhouse Texas Longhorns in a memorable upset. There
is always magic in Maui during this beloved tournament, which takes place at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui from November
25-27. There are many regional games in the weeks earlier being played across the country, with the main event featuring 8
talented programs. The 2014 roster for the Maui Invitational features the BYU Cougars, Purdue Boilermakers, Kansas State Wildcats,
Arizona Wildcats, Missouri Tigers, Pittsburgh Panthers, San Diego State Aztecs, and Chaminade Silverswords, an exciting lineup
that will make the 2014 installment one for the ages.
Maui Invitational History
On December 23, 1982,
what seemed to be an innocent matchup between the Chaminade Silverswords, a small Division II school in Honolulu, and the
Virginia Cavaliers, then the top team in the country, changed the college basketball landscape forever. The Silverswords defeated
the Cavaliers and their star, Ralph Sampson, in what is still known as one of the most incredible upsets in college basketball
history. In the aftermath of the upset, the head coach of Virginia reached out to Chaminade and broached the subject of creating
a tournament in Hawaii that could host programs from all over the country that the Honolulu university could host. In 1984,
the tournament was up and running with Chaminade making an impressive run to the finals. In 2014, the 30th anniversary of
the Maui Invitational will see another impressive roster of teams, and college basketball fans all over the country will once
again experience one of the most prestigious tournaments in college sports in one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world.
Maui Invitational Experience
It is hard to imagine being in the beautiful paradise that is Maui and being indoors,
but when you have tickets to the famed Maui Invitational, you will gladly trade in your board shorts for basketball shoes
to catch some of the finest programs in all of college basketball compete on a neutral floor that provides an unparalleled
basketball experience. As winter is settling in all across the country, Hawaii is still welcoming visitors to its warm water
and sandy beaches. A ticket to the Maui Invitational is a ticket to mix your love of the game of basketball with the paradise
and tranquility that Hawaii provides. This is so much more than just a tournament, but a chance to experience high quality
sports with all of the luxuries of the islands. The tournament is based in Lahaina, a former whaling village that is now at
the epicenter of tourism on Maui. Tourists flock to this gorgeous beach heaven for amazing surf and food, but come November,
they come to see some of the best basketball programs in the country compete for the title. You won't want to miss the opportunity
to enjoy the most unique basketball tournament in the country.
Maui Invitational Teams
The field for the
2014 Maui Invitational is epic again this season, with the Arizona Wildcats headlining a very talented group of teams. The
Wildcats are National Champion contenders again this season, and will begin their quest for a trip to Indianapolis by looking
to win the Maui Invitational in November. The road will not be easy for the Wildcats, who won the Maui Invitational back in
2001, with teams like the San Diego State Aztecs, who are returning a ton of talent in 2014, as well as a strong recruiting
class. Purdue, Kansas State, BYU, Missouri and Pittsburgh are all big time programs with the talent to take the tournament,
and the hosts, the Chaminade Silverswords, have proven many times that they cannot be overlooked. Ranked by Sports Illustrated
as one of the Top 5 Non-Conference Tournaments of 2014, the Maui Invitational is a must-see.
Which team has won the most Maui Invitational Championships in the tournament's 30 year history?
Blue Devils own this prestigious title with 5 championships in Maui, a very impressive feat. Their most recent win came in
2011. Coming in second, Syracuse and North Carolina are tied with 3 wins apiece.