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The EA Sports 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 (which is also a yearly participant), along with a field of seven NCAA Division I men's basketball teams. EA Sports has served as the title sponsor since 2001. The tournament, broadcast by ESPN, began in 1984, as inspired by a 1982 upset by Chaminade over Virginia, considered by some to be the greatest upset in college basketball history.[1]

History

The tournament began because of what is considered the greatest upset in the history of college basketball. On December 23, 1982, Chaminade, then an NAIA school (now NCAA Division II), defeated #1 Virginia which included Ralph Sampson, in Hawaii.

Shortly after the amazing upset, Virginia head coach Terry Holland congratulated Chaminade’s Athletic Director, Mike Vasconcellos, and suggested to him that he might consider beginning a Hawaii tournament at some point. Two years after that, the Maui Classic, today’s EA Sports Maui Invitational, had begun for the first time, with Chaminade reaching the finals and losing to Providence.

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 calls the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, "the best in-season tournament in the country – the standard by which all others are compared."

Some 82 schools representing 21 conferences and 37 states have competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The only teams to win the Maui Invitational and the national championship in the same season are Michigan (won Maui Inviational in 1988 and were 1989 National Champions) and North Carolina twice (Maui Inviational winners in 2004 and 2008 and won national championship in 2005 and 2009).

Of the eight teams which play in the Maui Invitational, generally there is one from each of the six major conferences (the Pac-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, ACC, and the SEC), one from another conference (such as Conference USA, MVC or the Atlantic 10), and Chaminade.

Starting with the 2011 tournament, the field will add four mainland teams that will play the Maui-bound teams at home.

Effect on the 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 EA SPORTS TM Maui Invitational Hosted by Chaminade University again ranked among Hawaii’s top revenue-generating events by bolstering the local economy by more than $8 million, according to the latest financial data released by the Maui Visitors Bureau. The nation’s premier early-season college basketball tournament has brought nearly $130 million to Maui’s economy since the tournament’s debut in 1984.

Past 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
Anfernee "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 Hawaiʻi 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

Yearly Brackets

2006 Tournament field

  • November 20-22: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui
  Quarter-final Semi-final Final
                           
  1  UCLA 88  
8  Chaminade 63  
     UCLA 73  
     Kentucky 68  
4  Kentucky 87
  5  DePaul 81  
       UCLA 88
     Georgia Tech 73
  3  Memphis 77  
6  Oklahoma 65  
     Memphis 85
     Georgia Tech 92  
2  Purdue 61
  7  Georgia Tech 79  
3rd Place game
         
1 Kentucky 63
2 Memphis 80
  Loser's Bracket 5th Place Game
                 
1 Oklahoma 71  
4 Purdue 74  
      Purdue 81
    DePaul 73
2 DePaul 93
3 Chaminade 74  
7th Place game
         
1 Oklahoma 72
2 Chaminade 57

2007 Tournament field

  • November 19–21: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui

Number of asterisks denotes number of overtime periods played.

  Quarter-final Semi-final Final
                           
  1  Marquette 74  
8  Chaminade 63  
     Marquette 91  
     Oklahoma State 61  
4  LSU 77
  5  Oklahoma State 83  
       Marquette 73
     Duke 77
  3  Princeton 61  
6  Duke 83  
     Duke 79
     Illinois 66  
2  Arizona State 54
  7  Illinois 77  
3rd Place game
         
1 Oklahoma State 49
2 Illinois 65
  Loser's Bracket 5th Place Game
                 
1 LSU 78  
4 Chaminade 72  
      LSU 84
    Arizona State 87*
2 Princeton 42
3 Arizona State 61  
7th Place game
         
1 Princeton 70
2 Chaminade 74

2008 Tournament field

  Quarter-final Semi-final Final
                           
  1  North Carolina 115  
8  Chaminade 70  
     North Carolina 98  
     Oregon 69  
4  Oregon 92
  5  Alabama 69  
       North Carolina 102
     Notre Dame 87
  3  Saint Joseph's 50  
6  Texas 68  
     Texas 80
     Notre Dame 81  
2  Indiana 50
  7  Notre Dame 88  
3rd Place game
         
1 Texas 70
2 Oregon 57
  Loser's Bracket 5th Place Game
                 
1 Chaminade 56  
4 Alabama 78  
      Alabama 58
    Saint Joseph's 48
2 Saint Joseph's 80
3 Indiana 54  
7th Place game
         
1 Chaminade 79
2 Indiana 81

2009 Tournament field

  Quarter-Final Semi-Final Championship
                           
  22  Maryland 79  
 Chaminade 51  
  22  Maryland 57  
     Cincinnati 69  
 Cincinnati 67
  24  Vanderbilt 58  
       Cincinnati 59
     Gonzaga 61*
   Colorado 72  
 Gonzaga 76  
     Gonzaga 74
     Wisconsin 61  
 Arizona 61
   Wisconsin 65  
3rd Place Game
         
22 Maryland 69
  Wisconsin 78
  Loser's Bracket 5th Place Game
                 
24 Vanderbilt 68  
  Chaminade 41  
    24 Vanderbilt 84
    Arizona 72
  Colorado 87
  Arizona 91*  
7th Place Game
         
1 Colorado 73
2 Chaminade 58

2010 Tournament Field

  Quarter-Final Semi-Final Championship
                           
     Wichita State 79  
   Connecticut 83  
     Connecticut 70  
  2  Michigan State 67  
2  Michigan State 82
     Chaminade 74  
       Connecticut 84
     Kentucky 67
     Oklahoma 54  
9  Kentucky 67  
  9  Kentucky 74
  11  Washington 67  
   Virginia 63
  11  Washington 106  
3rd Place Game
         
 2 Michigan State 76
 11 Washington 71
  Loser's Bracket 5th Place Game
                 
  Wichita State 79  
  Chaminade 58  
      Wichita State 70
    Virginia 57
  Oklahoma 56
  Virginia 74  
7th Place Game
         
1 Oklahoma 64
2 Chaminade 68

Future tournament fields

2011[2]
  • Kansas Jayhawks
  • Duke Blue Devils
  • UCLA Bruins
  • Michigan Wolverines
  • Georgetown Hoyas
  • Tennessee Volunteers
  • Memphis Tigers
  • Chaminade Silverswords
  • Four additional teams to be named later

See also

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu

References

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