Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Bracket Announced for 35th Annual Maui Invitational

Xavier will open the 2018 Maui Invitational with a game against Auburn Xavier will open the 2018 Maui Invitational with a game against Auburn
Rita Gibson | 27 July, 2018, 03:33

Arizona and Gonzaga highlight the other side of the bracket, in what looks like a sure-fire Semi-Final matchup, the Blue Devils would avoid both teams until a possible Championship Game matchup.

The brackets are set for the 2018 Maui Invitational taking place this November 19-21 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Iowa State is making its second appearance in the tournament, while Arizona is playing in Maui for the seventh time. Auburn and IL play the opening game.

The full bracket for the 35th annual event was announced Tuesday, and the stacked Maui field also includes Arizona, Gonzaga, Xavier, Auburn, Illinois, Iowa State.

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"The Maui Invitational is the best preseason tournament in college basketball", Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few said. Usually, a Maui title is a sign of a national championship caliber team. "This is the nation's premier tournament and this year's field will provide an outstanding test for our team as we prepare for an always hard Big 12 schedule. The tournament adds to our challenging non-conference schedule that will prepare us for the BIG EAST season".

With five titles and a 15-0 record here, Mike Krzyzewski knows just how important the Maui Jim Maui Invitational can be for the season at a program like Duke.

Duke tips off against the Aztecs Monday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. ET (noon in Hawaii).

Last season, Notre Dame won the Maui title, but after several injuries decimated the Irish roster later in the season, they became only the second Valley Isle champion to miss the NCAA Tournament.

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