Local teams set to play in Maui Invitational

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K-State To Play Purdue in Maui Invitational

Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber will face a familiar foe to open the EA Sports Maui Invitational, as the Wildcats will face Purdue on Monday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

The high-profile match-up of teams from the Big 12 and Big Ten was one of four first-round games announced by tournament organizers on Wednesday morning in a stellar field which also includes Arizona, BYU, Chaminade, Pittsburgh and San Diego State. Other first-round contests include Arizona and Missouri at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2, Pittsburgh and Chaminade at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU and BYU and San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

All games will be played from Nov. 24-26 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawai’i. A complete bracket for the tournament can be found on Maui Invitational homepage at www.mauiinvitational.com.

Mizzou Basketball To Face Arizona In 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
Tigers then meet either Kansas State or Purdue in the second round

The bracket for the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational was announced on Wednesday and Mizzou Basketball, under the direction of new Head Coach Kim Anderson, will open the tournament against the Arizona Wildcats on Monday, Nov. 24. Game time between the Tigers and Wildcats is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Mizzou and Arizona will meet for the third time in series history. The Tigers won, 76-73, on Dec. 29, 1984, in the Hawaii Pacific Invitational in Honolulu and most recently fell in the Elite Eight to the Wildcats, 92-72, on March 26, 1994, in Los Angeles. The Tigers and Wildcats are also scheduled to meet in 2015-16 and 2016-17 as part of a home and home series.

In addition to Mizzou and Arizona, the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features tournament host Chaminade, as well as BYU, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and San Diego State. The event will be played Nov. 24-26 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Missouri will be making its first appearance in the Maui Invitational since 1997 and won the event in 1989. It’s Mizzou’s fourth appearance at the Maui Invitational overall.

As part of Wednesday’s announcement, tickets for Mizzou’s three games in the Maui Invitational are on sale now. Tickets for all-three games are $354 and fewer than 100 tickets remain. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS or ordering online at MUTigers.com/buytickets.

Head Coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers will be one of the youngest squads in college basketball this season. The Tigers have nine newcomers entering the program and the club’s 2014 recruiting class was ranked among the Top 15 nationally by various recruiting outlets. Three freshmen, Jakeenan Gant, Montaque Gill-Caesar and Namon Wright, were each ranked among the Top 75 players in their class and give Mizzou Basketball its largest incoming group of freshmen since 2008-09.

UMKC to Face UALR in EA Sports Maui Invitational Regional Round

The University of Missouri-Kansas City men’s basketball squad will face the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, November 22 in Little Rock, in the Regional Round of the 31st edition of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The ‘Roos will play either Samford or CSU-Northridge on November 23.

Those four squads will also travel to campus sites from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18 to participate in the Opening Games before the Championship Round teams head to Maui and the Regional Games teams travel to Little Rock, Ark. for the Regional Games portion of the Tournament.

UMKC faces Missouri on November 14 in Columbia, Mo., before heading to Kansas State on Nov. 17 for a showdown in Manhattan as part of the Opening Round of the tournament.

Media Release from EA Sports Maui Invitational

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