Maui Invitational Tournament

The Maui Invitational, currently known as the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, is an annual early-season college basketball tournament that takes place Thanksgiving Week in Lahaina, Hawaii, at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui. It is hosted by Chaminade University of Honolulu, an NCAA Division II school. Seven NCAA Division I men's basketball teams are invited to Maui to complete the field. The Maui Invitational has been played since 1984, is carried by ESPN. Maui Jim became the title sponsor of the tournament in 2015; the previous fourteen tournaments sponsored by EA Sports.[1]

Maui Invitational Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Maui Invitational Tournament
MauiJimMauiInvitationalLogo
Logo of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational
SportCollege Basketball
Founded1984
No. of teams12
CountryUnited States
Venue(s)Campus Sites (Opening & Regional Games)
Lahaina Civic Center
Maui, Hawaii (Championship Round)
Most recent
champion(s)
Gonzaga Bulldogs
Most titlesDuke Blue Devils (5)
TV partner(s)ESPN
Sponsor(s)Maui Jim
Official websitemauiinvitational.com

History

The tournament had its roots in a game that is considered one of the greatest upsets in college history. On December 23, 1982 the top-ranked and undefeated University of Virginia made a scheduled trip to Honolulu for a game. Originally seeking to play the University of Hawaii, Virginia agreed to play Chaminade, which at the time belonged to the NAIA, on the trip instead. In a game that was not televised and only covered by one sportswriter from outside the local media (Michael Wilbon of The Washington Post, who was in Honolulu to cover the University of Maryland's performance in the inaugural Aloha Bowl), Chaminade defeated the Ralph Sampson-led Virginia squad 77–72 in front of 3,300 spectators at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.[2] Shortly after the upset, Virginia head coach Terry Holland congratulated Chaminade's athletic director, Mike Vasconcellos, and suggested to him that he consider beginning a Hawaii tournament. Two years later, the Maui Classic was inaugurated with Chaminade reaching the finals and losing to Providence.[3]

Today the tournament provides schools an opportunity to compete on a neutral court with some of the top basketball programs in the country. Associated Press college basketball editor Jim O'Connell called the Maui Invitational "the best in-season tournament in the country – the standard by which all others are compared."[4] Some 108 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the Invitational. Five times the winner has gone on to win the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship later that season: Michigan in 1988, North Carolina three times—in 2004, 2008, and 2016, and Connecticut in 2010.

Of the eight teams which play in the tournament, generally there is one from each of the six major conferences (the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East (before its 2013 split), ACC, and the SEC), one from another conference such as the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the Mountain West Conference or the Atlantic 10, and Chaminade. Beginning with the 2011 tournament, the field includes four additional mainland teams that play the Maui-bound teams at home. The four mainland teams will then play each other in regional games. The winner from each game will square off in the championship contest, preceded by the consolation game between the losers.[5]

Beginning in 2018 and continuing with every even-numbered year, Chaminade will play games on the mainland, and eight Division I schools will compete in the championship bracket on Maui. In odd-numbered years, Chaminade will compete in the championship bracket. [6]

Effect on local economy

Each year more than 4,000 out-of state visitors—boosters, players, officials, team and game personnel, media representatives, sponsors, production crews and basketball fans in general—attend. The 2007 Maui Invitational Tournament ranked among Hawaii's top revenue-generating events, bolstering the local economy by more than $8 million according to financial data released by the Maui Visitors Bureau. The tournament has brought more than $110 million to Maui's economy since the tournament's debut in 1984 (through 2005).[7]

Yearly champions, runners-up, and MVPs

Year Winner Score Opponent Tournament MVP
1984 Providence 60–58 Chaminade Patrick Langlois, Chaminade
1985 Michigan 80–58 Kansas State Dell Curry, Virginia Tech
1986 Vanderbilt 87–71 New Mexico Will Perdue, Vanderbilt
1987 Iowa 97–74 Villanova Entire Iowa Team
1988 Michigan 91–81 Oklahoma Glen Rice, Michigan
1989 Missouri 80–73 North Carolina Doug Smith, Missouri
1990 Syracuse 77–74 Indiana Billy Owens, Syracuse
1991 Michigan State 86–61 Arkansas George Gilmore, Chaminade
1992 Duke 89–66 BYU Bobby Hurley, Duke
Penny Hardaway, Memphis State
1993 Kentucky 93–92 Arizona Travis Ford, Kentucky
1994 Arizona State 97–90 Maryland Mario Bennett, Arizona State
1995 Villanova 77–75 North Carolina Kerry Kittles, Villanova
1996 Kansas 80–63 Virginia Raef LaFrentz, Kansas
1997 Duke 95–87 Arizona Steve Wojciechowski, Duke
1998 Syracuse 76–63 Indiana Jason Hart, Syracuse
1999 North Carolina 90–75 Purdue Joseph Forte, North Carolina
2000 Arizona 79–76 Illinois Michael Wright, Arizona
2001 Duke 83–71 Ball State Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Duke
2002 Indiana 70–63 Virginia Bracey Wright, Indiana
2003 Dayton 82–72 Hawaii Keith Waleskowski, Dayton
2004 North Carolina 106–92 Iowa Raymond Felton, North Carolina
2005 Connecticut 65–63 Gonzaga Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
2006 UCLA 88–73 Georgia Tech Darren Collison, UCLA
2007 Duke 77–73 Marquette Kyle Singler, Duke
2008 North Carolina 102–87 Notre Dame Ty Lawson, North Carolina
2009 Gonzaga 61–59* Cincinnati Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray, Gonzaga
2010 Connecticut 84–67 Kentucky Kemba Walker, Connecticut
2011 Duke 68–61 Kansas Ryan Kelly, Duke
2012 Illinois 78–61 Butler Brandon Paul, Illinois
2013 Syracuse 74–67 Baylor C. J. Fair, Syracuse
2014 Arizona 61–59 San Diego St Stanley Johnson, Arizona
2015 Kansas 70–63 Vanderbilt Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III, Kansas
2016 North Carolina 71–56 Wisconsin Joel Berry II, North Carolina
2017 Notre Dame 67–66 Wichita State Matt Farrell, Notre Dame
2018 Gonzaga 89–87 Duke Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

Championships by team

Team Championships Years
Duke 5 1992, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2011
North Carolina 4 1999, 2004, 2008, 2016
Syracuse 3 1990, 1998, 2013
Arizona 2 2000, 2014
Connecticut 2 2005, 2010
Gonzaga 2 2009, 2018
Kansas 2 1996, 2015
Michigan 2 1985, 1988
Notre Dame 1 2017
Illinois 1 2012
UCLA 1 2006
Dayton 1 2003
Indiana 1 2002
Villanova 1 1995
Arizona State 1 1994
Kentucky 1 1993
Michigan State 1 1991
Missouri 1 1989
Iowa 1 1987
Vanderbilt 1 1986
Providence 1 1984

Future tournament fields

2019

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2020

[9]

2021

References

  1. ^ Eleni Gill, Lorin. "Maui Jim is title sponsor of Maui Invitational basketball tournament". bizjournals.com. American City Business Journals. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Wolff, Alexander (December 24, 2007). "The Greatest Upset Never Seen". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Maui Invitational". ESPN. Retrieved 26 Nov 2012.
  4. ^ "EA SPORTS Maui Invitational". Kemper Sports. Retrieved 26 Nov 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's basketball to participate in Maui Invitational; Blue Raiders will host inaugural Maui Regional Games". BRAA and Middle Tennessee Athletic Communications. August 4, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "2018 TOURNAMENT FEATURES STRONGEST FIELD IN HISTORY". Maui Invitational. October 26, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Boylan, Peter. "Maui welcomes basketball fans". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 26 Nov 2012.
  8. ^ "Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA head strong 2019 Maui Invitational". March 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "2020 Maui Invitational teams announced". April 4, 2019.

External links

1998 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 1999 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 15th time, from November 23 to November 25, 1998. The tournament, which began in 1984, was part of the 1998-99 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The tournament was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii and was won by the Syracuse Orange. It was the second title for both the program and for its head coach Jim Boeheim.

2000 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2000 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 17th time, from November 20 to November 22, 2000. The tournament, which began in 1984, was part of the 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The tournament was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii and was won by the Arizona Wildcats. It was the first title for both the program and for its head coach Lute Olson after losses in the 1993 and 1997 finals.Every school in the tournament except for Chaminade had participated in the NCAA tournament the year before.Six of the twelve games were broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2.

2001 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2001 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 18th time, from November 19 to November 21, 2002. The tournament, which began in 1984, was part of the 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The tournament was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii and was won by the Duke Blue Devils. It was the third title for both the program and for its head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

2002 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2002 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 19th time, from November 25 to November 27, 2002. The tournament, which began in 1984, was part of the 2002–03 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The tournament was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii and was won by the Indiana Hoosiers. It was the first title for both the program and for its head coach Mike Davis.

2003 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2003 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 20th time, from November 24 to November 26, 2003. The tournament began in 1984, and was part of the 2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The tournament was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 24 to 26,.

2004 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2004 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 21st time, from November 22 to November 24, 2004. The tournament began in 1984, and was part of the 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The tournament was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii and was won by the North Carolina Tar Heels. It was UNC's second Maui title and the second for head coach Roy Williams, who led the Kansas Jayhawks to the 1996 title.

2006 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2006 Maui Invitational Tournament, an annual early-season college basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii, was held November 20-22 at Lahaina Civic Center. The winning team was UCLA.

2007 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2007 Maui Invitational Tournament, an annual early-season college basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii, was held November 19–21 at Lahaina Civic Center. The winning team was Duke Blue Devils.

2008 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2008 Maui Invitational Tournament, an annual early-season college basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii, was held November 20-22 at Lahaina Civic Center. The winning team was North Carolina.

2009 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2009 Maui Invitational Tournament, an annual early-season college basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii, was held at Lahaina Civic Center. The winning team was Gonzaga.

2010 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2010 Maui Invitational Tournament, an annual early-season college basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii, was won by the Connecticut Huskies.

2011 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2011 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament played from November 11 to November 23, 2011. It was the 28th annual holding of the Maui Invitational Tournament, which began in 1984, and was part of the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 21 to 23. The Duke Blue Devils won the tournament title, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game on November 23 by a score of 68–61. Duke's Ryan Kelly was named the MVP of the tournament. With the victory, Duke won the Maui Invitational Tournament for the fifth time in five appearances, improving the program's overall record at the Maui competition to 15–0.

2012 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2012 Maui Invitational Tournament is an early-season college basketball tournament played from November 9 to November 21, 2012. It will be the 29th annual holding of the Maui Invitational Tournament, which began in 1984, and part of the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 19 to 21.

Illinois are the defending champions, defeating Butler in the 2012 final, 78-61.

2013 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2013 Maui Invitational Tournament will be an early-season college basketball tournament played from November 15 to November 27, 2013. It will be the 30th annual holding of the Maui Invitational Tournament, which began in 1984, and will be part of the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 25 to 27.

2014 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2014 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 31st time, from November 14 to November 26, 2014. The tournament began in 1984, and is part of the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 24 to 26.

2015 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2015 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played, for the 32nd time, from November 13 to November 25, 2015. The tournament began in 1984, and is part of the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 23 to 25.

2016 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2016 Maui Invitational Tournament is an early-season college basketball tournament that will be played for the 33rd time. The tournament began in 1984, and is part of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 21 to 23. Opening round games previously played at campus sites were discontinued.

2017 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2017 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament that was played for the 34th time. The tournament began in 1984, and was part of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 20 to 22. Opening round games previously played at campus sites were discontinued.Notre Dame defeated Wichita State in the championship game to win the Tournament.

2018 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2018 Maui Invitational Tournament was an early-season college basketball tournament played for the 35th time. The tournament began in 1984, and was part of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Championship Round was played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii from November 19 to 21, 2018.

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