The 2023 Maui Invitational can have a unique really feel this 12 months. Faculty basketball’s premier early season match has relocated to the island of O’ahu on the campus of College of Hawaii with its long-time dwelling, the Lahaina Civic Heart, getting used to assist restoration efforts from the devastating wildfires that tore by way of Maui earlier this 12 months.
The Lahaina Civic Heart is happily nonetheless standing, however the destruction of the encircling space might be a serious theme with the match this 12 months.
One factor that hasn’t modified in regards to the Maui Invitational is the standard of the competitors. The sphere is as soon as once more stacked with potential nationwide title contenders as eight groups enter the match trying to increase their end-of-season resume and create some momentum earlier than convention play.
The Kansas Jayhawks, UCLA Bruins, Marquette Golden Eagles, Tennessee Volunteers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers, and Syracuse Orange all come to the Maui Invitational with excessive hopes for this season. The Chaminade Silverswords of DII spherical out the sector, as they at all times do.
We’ll maintain retaining observe of each outcome for the 2023 Maui Invitational at this level. Right here’s every little thing you should know in regards to the match.
Maui Invitational bracket for 2023
Maui Invitational scores, schedule, TV occasions, and matchups for 2023
All begin occasions are Jap.
Monday, Nov. 20
Sport 1: Syracuse vs. Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Sport 2: Gonzaga vs. Purdue, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Sport 3: Kansas vs. Chaminade, 9 p.m., ESPNU
Sport 4: Marquette vs. UCLA, 11:30 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Sport 5: Loser Sport 1 vs. Loser Sport 2, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Sport 6: Loser Sport 3 vs. Loser Sport 4, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Sport 7: Winner Sport 1 vs. Winner Sport 2, 8 p.m., ESPN
Sport 8: Winner 3 vs. Winner Sport 4, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Sport 9: Third place sport, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Sport 10: Championship sport, 5 p.m., ESPN
Sport 11: Seventh place sport, 9:30 p.m., ESPNU
Sport 12: Fifth place sport, 12 a.m. Thursday, ESPN2
Maui Invitational 2023 prime gamers and group storylines
The restoration efforts from the wildfire in Maui would be the greatest theme all through the match. Followers can donate to assist or bid on objects for charity at Hoops For ‘Ohana. Proceeds will profit the Maui Robust Fund.
This Maui Invitational turns in a robust subject yearly, however this one feels notably loaded. Let’s undergo the highest groups and gamers.
- Purdue Boilermakers: Purdue is led by reigning Nationwide Participant of the 12 months Zach Edey, the 7’3 heart with mushy scoring contact across the rim. The Boilermakers are out for vengeance this season after dropping to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson within the first spherical of the NCAA match final 12 months. Just one different No. 1 seed had ever misplaced to a 16-seed, when UMBC upset Virginia in 2018, and Virginia responded by successful the nationwide championship the following season. Purdue hopes to perform the identical.
- Kansas Jayhawks: Kansas is loaded with veteran expertise as soon as once more. The Jayhawks return three key starters from final 12 months’s group, and add the largest (each actually and figuratively) switch within the nation in Hunter Dickinson by way of Michigan. Right here’s what I discovered in regards to the Jayhawks after having a entrance row seat to look at Dickinson and Co. dominate Kentucky on the Champions Traditional.
- UCLA Bruins: This can be a new-look UCLA group for probably the most half, however their expertise is spectacular. Returning heart Adem Bona has been a monster to begin his sophomore season as an athletic large man who performs with vitality across the rim at each ends of the ground. Freshman heart Aday Mara is an interesting watch as a 7’3 large man with superior passing really feel and straightforward scoring contact across the basket. Sophomore Dylan Andrews and freshman Sebastian Mack might want to develop rapidly to present UCLA an opportunity on this match.
- Marquette Golden Eagles: Marquette is only a machine proper now. Coming off an superior season that ended too early within the NCAA match a 12 months in the past, Shaka Sensible’s group returns Tyler Kolek, Oso ighodaro, Kam Jones, and extra. This can be a actual contender to win the nationwide title this season.
- Tennessee Vols: We all know Tennessee can defend in addition to any group in America beneath Rick Barnes. This 12 months’s group provides a key shooter in Northern Colorado switch Dalton Knecht which may assist lastly open up the halfcourt offense. With tons of dimension and expertise returning, Tennessee continues to be a nightmare matchup for anybody they face.