Arkansas, Cal To Meet In Maui

The EA Sports Maul Invitational bracket was unveiled on Wednesday and has Arkansas and California meeting on Nov. 25th at the Lahania Civic Center.

ESPN announced on Wednesday that Arkansas' basketball program will open the EA Sports Maui Invitation with an opponent it has not met since 1986.

The Razorbacks will take on California on Monday, Nov. 25th at 2 p.m. CST at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.

The game will be televised by ESPN2 and the two teams will be joined by Baylor, Syracuse, Dayton, Gonzaga, Minnesota and host Chaminade.

   "The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational is one of the premiere tournaments of the college basketball season and we are excited to be in the tremendous field of eight teams," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "California is a well-coached team with a lot of tradition and it will be a very exciting matchup."

Arkansas was 18-14 last season while California is coached by veteran Mike Montgomery returns five of its top seven scorers – including guard Justin Cobbs (15.1) - from a 21-12 squad last season that made its fourth NCAA Tournament in five years.

The Golden Bears did lose leading scorer Alan Crabbe, a second-round NBA draft pick , from a team that was beaten by Syracuse in the second round of last season's NCAA Tournament.

Montgomery, the former long-term Stanford coach, is the nation's sixth-winningest active coach with 656 wins.

The winner of the Arkansas-Cal game will play the winner of Syracuse-Minnesota Tuesday at 4 p.m. CST on ESPN with the losers facing off in a consolation game at 11 a.m. on ESPN 2.

The other two first-round match-ups have Chaminade facing Baylor while Dayton takes on Gonzaga.

The tournament will also include preliminary games on campus sites with Arkansas hosting Louisiana on Nov. 15 at a time to be announced.

The only other time Arkansas has played California was in 1986 also in Hawaii when the Razorbacks downing the Golden Bears in the Rainbow Invitational.

Arkansas has gone 3-3 in the Maui Invtational with a runner-up finish in 1991 while going 1-2 in 2005.

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