EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Announces Official 2010 Bracket

The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational¬†has announced the official bracket for the 2010 edition of the nation’s premier early-season college basketball tournament. This is the 27th year of tournament basketball in paradise. Maui’s oceanfront Lahaina Civic Center will again be the venue for the eight-team competition during Thanksgiving week from Nov. 22-24, 2010.

This November, three teams with a combined 11 national championships, including Connecticut, Kentucky and Michigan State, will spearhead the 2010 field. These teams will be joined by Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Wichita State and host school Chaminade University of Honolulu in the hunt for the coveted Wayne Duke Championship Trophy. Three of the seven Division I teams participated in the 2010 NCAA Tournament highlighted by Michigan State’s Final Four run and Kentucky’s trip to the Elite Eight.

First-round action tips off on Monday, Nov. 22 in the top half of the bracket with game one featuring Wichita State, which finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference last year and is coached by Gregg Marshall, and 2005 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational champion and two-time national champion Connecticut led by coach Jim Calhoun. The winner of this game will take on the winner of game three, which pits two-time national champion and 1991 Maui champion Michigan State, directed by Tom Izzo, against tournament host Chaminade and the winningest coach in program history Matt Mahar.

The bottom half of the bracket starts with game two featuring coach Jeff Capel and Oklahoma, which made the NCAA Tournament two of the last three years, against seven-time national champion, 1993 Maui champion and last year’s SEC regular season and tournament champion Kentucky, led by head coach John Calipari. Game four pairs 1996 and 2002 Maui runner-up Virginia, led by second-year coach Tony Bennett, the 2007 AP National Coach of the Year at Washington State, against Pac-10 power Washington, which under the direction of coach Lorenzo Romar will make its first appearance in Maui.

“This year’s 27th annual tournament showcases another field of powerhouse competition,” said EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tournament Chairman David Odom. “College basketball fans from around the globe can look forward to another remarkable and exciting week of basketball at one of the most unique basketball venues and most beautiful destinations in the world.”

The ESPN networks will combine once again to offer live television coverage of all 12 tournament games. For the second straight year, every game will be produced in high definition on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPNU HD, with the ESPN and ESPN2 games also streaming live on ESPN3.com.

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