BYU to open Maui Invitational against San Diego State

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2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational Bracket

MAUI, HAWAII – The EA SPORTS™ Maui Invitational® today announced the official bracket and pairings for the 31st annual Tournament. The 2014 Championship Round of the premier early-season college basketball tournament will take place at the Lahaina Civic Center on the beautiful island of Maui from Nov. 24-26.

The Championship Round will feature ArizonaBYUKansas StateMissouriPittsburghPurdueSan Diego Stateand host Chaminade. The seven Division I teams have each appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2012, with five earning berths in 2014, including Arizona’s run to the Elite Eight. Chaminade has advanced to the previous two NCAA Division II Tournaments.

BYU will take on former Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State in the first round on Monday, Nov. 24, at 9:30 p.m. MST on ESPN2. The Cougars own a 48-23 advantage in the all-time series against the Aztecs, including seven wins in the last nine meetings.

The bracketed Championship Round will begin on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Monday matchups include:

Matchup Time Network
Purdue vs. Kansas State 2:30 p.m. EST ESPN2
Missouri vs. Arizona 5:00 p.m. EST ESPN2
Pittsburgh vs. Chaminade 9:00 p.m. EST ESPNU
BYU vs. San Diego State 11:30 p.m. EST ESPN2

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will offer live, high-definition television coverage of all 12 Championship Round contests. Games will also be broadcast live on the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.

“The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational is one of the elite tournaments in college basketball today featuring the best teams from the best conferences in a championship environment at the Lahaina Civic Center,” said Seth Greenberg, ESPN college basketball analyst. “This year’s field features some great teams to watch such as Arizona, which may have the best starting five in all of college basketball to Kansas State with Marcus Foster, an exciting guard who’s hard to defend, to San Diego State and BYU, two teams that return top scorers. As a former coach and current broadcaster, I look forward to being in the studio each year to watch this tournament that will have an impact on national rankings in November.”

Team

Maui Appearances

Maui Record

Notes

Arizona

1993, 1997, 2000*, 2005, 2009

9-6

  • Two straight Sweet 16 berths
  • Three returning starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Elite Eight and won 33 games
  • Brandon Ashley, third leading scorer, and T.J. McConnell, second-team All-Pac 12,  return this season
  • Coach Sean Miller leads the Wildcats in Maui just one season after his brother, Archie, took Dayton to the semi-finals

BYU

1992, 2004

3-3

  • Reached 7 of the last 8 NCAA Tournaments
  • Return 80-percent of scoring from NCAA tournament team last year
  • Tyler Haws, WCC Player of the Year, returns after averaging a team-high 23.2 PPG

Kansas State

1985, 1998

2-3

  • Five consecutive NCAA Tournament bids
  • Return four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA tournament
  • Sophomore guard Marcus Foster returns after leading team in scoring as freshman with 15.5 PPG

Missouri

1986, 1989*, 1997

6-3

  • Played in 5 of past 6 NCAA Tournaments
  • New coach Kim Anderson takes the helm with overall record of 274-95
  • Six freshmen are on the roster this season highlighted by top prospect, JaKeenan Gant

Pittsburgh

First Appearance

0-0

  • Five Sweet 16 appearances since 2002
  • Head coach Jaime Dixon returns to the islands after two stints as an assistant at Hawaii
  • Six of eight top scorers from last year return
  • Loaded with youth: four juniors, six sophomores and two freshman
  • Sophomore walk-on guard, Joshua Ko, hails from Kailua, Hawaii

Purdue

1999, 2006

4-2

  • 23 trips to the NCAA Tournament since 1983
  • Two top-100 prospects in Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards join the team
  • Four returning players started at least 15 games last season

San Diego State

1989, 2003

3-3

  • Won NCAA Tourney game in 3 of past 4 years
  • Three of top four scorers return from last year’s team that won 31 games
  • Boasts No. 17 recruiting class as ranked by ESPN.com including three top-100 players in Malik Pope, Trey Kell and Zylan Cheatham

Chaminade

Annual Participant

7-81

  • 2014 PacWest Conference champions
  • Four of top five scorers return from last year
  • Senior guard, Lee Bailey, is top returning scorer after averaging 17.1 PPG last year

* Won EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Championship

Remaining Championship Round tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3 p.m. EDT (9am HST).   For information on ticket types and how to purchase tickets, please visit www.mauiinvitational.com/tickets.

In addition to the eight Championship Round programs, four Regional Games teams will participate in this year’s Tournament – CSUNSamfordUALR and Missouri-Kansas City. These four squads will travel to campus sites from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18 to participate in the Opening Games before the Championship Round teams head to Maui and the Regional Games teams travel to Little Rock, Ark. for the Regional Games portion of the Tournament.

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About Tournament Sponsors

Other tournament sponsors include the Maui Visitors BureauCounty of Maui Department of Parks and RecreationHawaii Tourism Authorityadidas, GEICO, and Hawaiian Airlines. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Westin Maui Resort & Spa, all located in the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Resort area, serve as host hotels.

About Chaminade University

Chaminade University, the only Catholic university in Hawaii, provides a rich educational experience. Chaminade is a place where people grow: professionally, intellectually and spiritually. The Society of Mary, the Marianists, founded Chaminade University in 1955 (as St. Louis Junior College.) Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, service and successful careers.

About KemperLesnik

KemperLesnik is a sports marketing, events and public relations agency. Ranked by Crain's Chicago Business among Chicago's top PR agencies, KemperLesnik produces integrated communications programs and manages major national events, including the EA SPORTSÔ Maui Invitational®, the CBS SPORTS Classic, theMcDonald’s All American Games, the POWERADE Jam Fest and activation forKitchenAid and its PGA of America partnership. KemperLesnik has operated the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational since 1990. For more information, visitwww.kemperlesnik.com.

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