Seven NCAA Division I teams and host Chaminade University of Honolulu will ignite the college hoops season Nov. 19-21 with hopes of winning the coveted EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Wayne Duke Championship Trophy, won last year by 2007 Final Four participant UCLA.
ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will again combine to offer live television coverage of all 12 tournament games. In addition, ESPN360.com will provide live simulcasts of the games televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
"Year after year, the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational ushers in the college basketball season with marquee fields," said Tournament Chairman Dave Gavitt. "Basketball fans are in store for another strong tournament field featuring highly ranked teams when Maui becomes the mecca of college basketball this November."
First-round action tips off on Monday, Nov. 19, with Game One featuring Pac West member and tournament host, Chaminade, led by third-year coach Matt Mahar, taking on former national champion and Maui newcomer Marquette, under head coach Tom Crean. The winner of this tournament opener will tackle the winner of Game Two, in which two-time Maui participant, LSU, piloted by coach John Brady, will face two-time national champion Oklahoma State, making its debut on the Maui hardwood with coach Sean Sutton at the helm. The Ivy League will take the court in Game Three, as first-year coach Sydney Johnson guides Princeton on its maiden voyage to Maui for a duel with Mike Krzyzewski's perennial powerhouse, Duke, a three-time NCAA champion and the only three-time Maui champion with a flawless 9-0 tournament record. That winner will face the winner of Game Four, which pits 1994 Maui titleholder, Arizona State, coached by Herb Sendek and boasting a 7-5 overall tournament record, tipping off against 2005 national runner-up, Illinois, a Bruce Weber-led team that returns to the island with plans to improve on second and third-place Maui finishes.
The semifinals are set for Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, with the winners moving onto the championship game Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. Eastern.
At a glance, the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features: former national champions Duke, Marquette and Oklahoma State; former national runners-up Duke, Illinois, Marquette and Oklahoma State; 2007 NCAA Tournament participants Duke, Marquette and Illinois; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski; Duke, owner of an EA SPORTS Maui Invitational-record three championships (1992, 1997 and 2001); and Maui rookies Marquette, Oklahoma State and Princeton.
Remaining school Booster Tickets and Single Game Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. Hawaii time (3 p.m. Eastern time) via the tournament Web site at http://www.mauiinvitational.com
EA SPORTSÔ, the world's leading interactive entertainment software company and developer of the top-selling NCAA® March Madness® videogame, enters its seventh year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational.
The Athletics Department of tournament host Chaminade University is holding a contest this month to find a new, innovative logo for the school's mascot – the Silverswords. Applicants must submit their entries by Sept. 1, 2007. The contest's winner will receive a trip to the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational and more. For complete contest rules and regulations as well as entry information, visit www.goswords.com
Other tournament sponsors include the Maui Visitors Bureau, County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, adidas, GEICO and Gatorade. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort and Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, all from the beautiful Ka'anapali Beach resort area, serve as host hotels for the thousands of fans and boosters who annually accompany their teams to Maui. Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports has operated the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational since 1990.
For up-to-the-minute tournament schedule, ticket and general information, visit the official EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Web site at http://www.mauiinvitational.com
KemperSports Marketing & Communications, an affiliate of Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports, is a sports marketing, events and public relations agency, which has produced and managed major national and international events and communications programs, including the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational college basketball tournament and numerous PGA TOUR events. For more information, visit http://www.kempersports.com
Information provided by EA Sports and the U of I SID office