Men's Basketball pairings announced for 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational
Aug. 5, 2008
MAUI, Hawaii -- The pairings for the 25th annual EA Sports Maui Invitational are officially set, KemperSports Marketing announced Tuesday. The eight-team field will feature six teams that advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament (Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Joseph's and Texas) along with Alabama and host Chaminade University.
Texas will square off against Saint Joseph's in an opening-round game on Monday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. Hawaii time (2 p.m. Central), and the contest will be televised by ESPN2. The Longhorns will then meet either Indiana or Notre Dame in their second-round matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The final round of the tourney is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 26.
All games are scheduled to be played in Maui's ocean-front Lahaina Civic Center (2,400-seat capacity). The ESPN networks will once again combine to offer live national television coverage of all 12 tournament games. In addition, ESPN360.com will provide live simulcasts of the games televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
This marks UT's third appearance in the Maui Invitational. The Longhorns posted a 2-1 mark in the 1993 tourney and a 2-1 record in 2004.
Remaining game tickets, including school-specific tickets, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. Hawaii time (1 p.m. Central) via the official tournament Web site at mauiinvitational.com. Travel packages with game tickets and hotel accommodations are still available through Oahu Travel, the tournament's official travel agency (800.826.3822).
EA Sports, the world's leading interactive entertainment software company and developer of the top-selling NCAA March Madness videogame, enters its eighth year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational.
"Throughout its history, the EA Sports Maui Invitational has become synonymous with the kickoff of the college basketball season," said Tournament Chairman Dave Gavitt. "We look forward to commemorating the tournament's 25th year with another impressive field vying for Maui glory. Fans from across the nation can look forward to a memorable experience, on and off the court."