Cal basketball set to headline Maui Invitational in 2017

Cal will head to the Islands for the second time in four years ...

It was announced on Thursday that California, LSU, Marquette, Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia Commonwealth and Wichita State will visit Hawaii in November, 2017, joining host Chaminade for the 2017 Maui Jim Jaui Inviational Field at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.

“Year after year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational showcases the nation’s best players and coaches, and the 2017 field will continue that tradition,” tournament chairman Dave Odom said in a release. "These brand-name programs and rising powerhouse teams will create a special environment at the Lahaina Civic Center. We are excited to welcome them and their fans to Maui in 2017.”

The 2016 tournament will see UConn, Georgetown, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

This year, the tournament -- which starts on Nov. 23 -- will host Indiana, Kansas, St. John's, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Last time in Maui, the Bears, under then-head coach Mike Montgomery, beat Arkansas in the tournament opener, 85-77, before losing to Syracuse, 92-81, and then Dayton, 82-64.

Since the inception of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 1984, 108 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event. Schools that have participated in the tournament in November have won 67 of 77 NCAA Championships, six of which have won the national championship after making an appearance in Maui earlier in the season.

The tournament -- like this year's, and next year's editions -- will be televised by ESPN.

California starts its 2015-16 season on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion against Rice.


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