Hoosiers To Face Notre Dame In Maui

Bloomington – Indiana will travel all the way to Maui for the renewal of an in-state basketball rivalry.

Bloomington – Indiana will travel all the way to Maui for the renewal of an in-state basketball rivalry.

The 2008 Maui Invitational pairings were announced Tuesday afternoon and Coach Tom Crean's Hoosiers will square off with Notre Dame in the opening round Nov. 24. It will mark the first time the two teams have met since 2004, when Notre Dame topped Indiana 55-45 in Bloomington.

Other first round pairings for the Nov. 24-26 event include St. Joseph's vs. Texas, North Carolina vs. Chaminade and Oregon vs. Alabama. The Indiana-Notre Dame winner will meet the winner of the St. Joseph's-Texas match-up.

Indiana owns a 47-20 edge in the all-time series with Notre Dame, which dates back to 1908. Notre Dame had been a regular on the Hoosiers until recent years, having squared in every season except for four from 1948-2004. But the series was discontinued during the Mike Davis era, and the current three-year run marks the longest stretch that the two teams haven't met since a 15-year stretch from 1932-47.

Notre Dame went 25-8 a year ago, including a 14-4 mark in the Big East. Coach Mike Brey's team returns four starters, including forward Luke Harangody (20.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg), guard Kyle McAlarney (15.1 ppg, 44.1% 3 pt. shooting) and guard Tory Jackson (8.1 ppg, 5.8 apg).

This marks the first time Indiana has appeared in the Maui Invitational since 2002, when it captured its only and one Maui title. The Hoosiers knocked off UMass, Gonzaga and Virginia to win the championship. Then-freshman guard Bracey Wright was named tournament MVP.

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