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Field Set for 2020 Maui Invitational

As first suggested by former Indiana head coach Tom Crean back in 2015, Indiana will be returning to Hawaii in 2020 for the Maui Jim Invitational.  The field has been set and will include:

  • Alabama
  • Davidson
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
  • Providence
  • Stanford
  • Texas
  • UNLV

Alabama and Indiana are competing for multiple 2019 recruits including Trendon Watford, Harlond Beverly and Kira Lewis.

UNLV just hired former IU assistant coach Tim Buckley.

The event will run from November 23-25 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Here is the full release from the event operators:

Maui Jim Maui Invitational Returns Historical Powerhouses to 2020 Field

Maui, Hawaii (April 4, 2019) – The Maui Jim Maui Invitational announced its 2020 field today, a collection of programs that boasts a combined 214 NCAA Tournament appearances, 39 Final Four berths and 13 national championships.

Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV will convene in Maui for the 37th annual Tournament, which will be contested November 23-25 at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

“Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational prides itself on bringing the best college basketball teams and talent to the island of Maui,” said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom. “2020 is no different, with the Lahaina Civic Center hosting some of the game’s most historic programs of all time.”

Three of the 2020 participants are ranked in the top 20 all-time winningest schools, including North Carolina, Indiana and Texas. Prior to the 2019 season, UNLV, Indiana, and North Carolina each ranked in the top 15 programs with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll. North Carolina and Indiana also rank in the top ten programs for most ever NCAA Tournament appearances, with 50 and 39 respectively. The Tar Heels will compete in their 34thSweet Sixteen appearance this week.

Each team in the 2020 field will be making a return appearance in Maui, including four members of the 2008 field: Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, and Texas. The upcoming event will also feature attendees from the inaugural 1984 Tournament, Davidson and Providence; the Friars took home the Maui championship that year. Previous Tournament champions also include Indiana (2002) and North Carolina (1999, 2004, 2008, 2016). After winning the Maui Invitational in their most recent appearance, the Tar Heels went on to win the NCAA Tournament title later that same season.

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is excited to announce a new element of the 2020 event. The Tournament has a longstanding tradition of presenting each team with its very own hand-made, customized surfboard, and will now be hosting a contest that sources the surfboard designs directly from the students of the participating schools. Contest winners will be announced in the fall and honored at the schools’ surfboard presentations in 2020.

Since the inception of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 1984, 126 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event. Teams that have participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational throughout the event’s history own 68 of the 79 NCAA championships. Seven schools have gone on to win the national championship after competing in Maui earlier in the season.

All-Tournament travel packages and school Booster travel packages for the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be available at a later date.

About the 2020 Championship Round Teams

Alabama

  • Alabama has 20 NCAA Tournament appearances in school history
  • The Crimson Tide own eight Conference championships and seven conference tournament titles
  • Alabama’s last appearance in Maui was 2008, where they earned a 2-1 record

Davidson

  • Bob McKillop recently completed his 30th season at the helm for the Wildcats, and holds a .623 winning percentage
  • McKillop has guided Davidson to nine of their 14 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Davidson owns 24 conference titles and 13 conference tournament titles
  • 2020 marks Davidson’s second Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance, having previously appeared in the inaugural 1984 Tournament

Indiana

  • Shortly after earning the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award in 2017, Archie Miller was named head coach of the Hoosiers
  • Top 10 winningest program of all time
  • The Hoosiers will be seeking their second Tournament championship title, with the first coming in 2002
  • Indiana will make its seventh Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2015)

North Carolina

  • Roy Williams is in his 16th season as head coach of the Tar Heels, and holds two AP Coach of the Year titles and an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  • The Tar Heels rank in the top-10 winningest programs of all time
  • UNC owns 50 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • North Carolina is tied for the most appearances in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (7), and returns after having won the Tournament in their most recent appearance (2016)

Providence

  • In his eight seasons at the helm, Ed Cooley has led the Friars to seven consecutive postseason tournament berths, including a school-record five straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2014-18)
  • The Friars won the inaugural 1984 Tournament title, appearing beside fellow 2020 attendee Davidson
  • Providence holds 20 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • The Friars will return for their third Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance (1984 and 1991)

Stanford

  • Stanford’s young squad (11 of 15 in their first or second year), saw more than 80 percent of its scoring and rebounding come from freshmen and sophomores in 2018-19. The Cardinal, led by sophomore First Team All-Pac-12 selection KZ Okpala, won 15 games in 2018-19
  • Cardinal teams have enjoyed 17 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Stanford will make their fourth appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (1987, 1992, 2004)

Texas

  • Head Coach Shaka Smart is completing his fourth season with the Longhorns, owning a career record of .654
  • Texas ranks in the top 20 all-time winningest programs
  • Texas owns 34 NCAA Tournament appearances, and 25 conference championships
  • The Longhorns will return to the Tournament for the fifth time (1993, 2004, 2008, 2012)

UNLV

  • UNLV is ranked in the top-5 winningest programs based on win percentage
  • The team finished the 2018-19 season with its highest league finish in five years, and secured their most conference wins in the regular season in eight years
  • This will be the Runnin’ Rebels’ fourth Tournament appearance (1988, 2000, 2015)

About the Maui Jim Maui Invitational

In December 1982, then No. 1 ranked Virginia, led by National College Player of the Year Ralph Sampson, played little-known NAIA Chaminade University in Honolulu while on the way back from a trip to Tokyo. The Silverswords stunned Virginia 77-72 in one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. Two years later, in 1984,Chaminade University hosted the first Maui Jim Maui Invitational and it has proven to be the premier early-season college basketball tournament for 35 years running. Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational attracts the top programs, best-known coaches and most outstanding players to compete in an exciting atmosphere at the Lahaina Civic Center near the beautiful beaches of Maui.

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