Men's basketball to participate in Maui Invitational
Blue Raiders will host inaugural Maui Regional GamesAugust 4, 2011 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee men's basketball is set to take part in the newly expanded EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Blue Raiders will travel to UCLA for an Opening Game before returning home to host the inaugural Regional Games at the Murphy Center.
"Obviously we're very excited about hosting the inaugural inland portion of the Maui tournament," head coach Kermit Davis said. "Everyone knows the Maui tournament is one of the most prestigious early tournaments in college basketball and we think we've got three really good teams coming to Murfreesboro. It also will be a fun trip for us to go play UCLA as a part of the tournament. I know our players will be very excited about it."
Middle Tennessee Athletic Director Chris Massaro echoed Davis' excitement. "We are looking forward to hosting the inaugural Regional Games of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational," Massaro said. "We are also very excited to be one of the Mainland Teams challenging the Island Teams this year. It's an honor to be included with some of the most respected programs from around the country."
The new format of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational includes four more teams, known as the Mainland Teams, in addition to the eight teams bound for Hawaii, now called the Island Teams. The Island Teams will continue with the traditional three-day tournament played at Maui's oceanfront Lahaina Civic Center during Thanksgiving Week. The Island Teams include Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA and host Chaminade. This final stage of the tournament is now known as the Championship Round.
Prior to the Championship Round, seven of the eight Island Teams (Chaminade not included) will host Mainland Teams in what are known as the Opening Games Nov. 11-15. Belmont, Towson and UNC Greensboro, along with Middle Tennessee, comprise the Mainland Teams. There will be seven total Opening Games and each Mainland Team, excluding Middle Tennessee, will play two different Island Teams. Because Middle Tennessee has the privilege of hosting the inaugural Regional Games, the Blue Raiders will only play one Island Team in UCLA on Nov. 15.
The four Mainland Teams will then travel to the Murphy Center to take part in the Regional Games Nov. 19-20. The Blue Raiders will play UNC Greensboro on Nov. 19, while Towson will face Belmont. The winner from each game will square off in the championship contest on Nov. 20, preceded by the consolation game between the losers.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE'S EA SPORTS MAUI INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
Nov. 15 - at UCLA (Opening Game)
Nov. 19 - UNCG (Regional Game)
Nov. 20 - vs. Towson/Belmont (Regional Game)
OPENING GAMES (Island Team Home Venue)
Towson at Kansas
UNCG at Tennessee
Belmont at Duke
Towson at Michigan
UNCG at Georgetown
Middle Tennessee at UCLA
Belmont at Memphis
REGIONAL GAMES (Murphy Center)
UNCG at Middle Tennessee
Towson vs. Belmont
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