MAUI, HAWAI‘I – The Chaminade men's basketball team will open the 30th EA Sports Maui Invitational against Baylor University on Monday, Nov. 25, in a special ESPN.com segment hosted Wednesday morning by ESPN college basketball writer Andy Katz.
The match-up will be played at 4:30 p.m. HST (9:30 p.m. EST), the third game of the day and televised nationally on ESPNU. The Bears (23-14 in 2012-13) won the NIT championship last season and have been to the Elite Eight two of the past three seasons. The Silverswords (19-11) upset Texas in last year's first round, eventually making its fifth-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II West Regional.
"I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the bracket," Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird said. "All the teams in this year's field are of high quality. Baylor has had a great run with Coach (Scott) Drew at the helm. They return a very, very good team along with adding a phenomenal recruiting class. It will be a serious challenge to compete with a team of their caliber, but we really look to forward to it."
The Swords will face either Gonzaga (32-3) or Dayton (17-14) on the second day of the Championship Round. The Bulldogs finished the season as the Associated Press' top-ranked team and earned the NCAA Division I West Region's No. 1 seed, while the Flyers have advanced to the postseason in five of the last six seasons.
The other half of the bracket will see California taking on Arkansas and Syracuse, a Final Four participant last year, facing Minnesota.
All games in the Championship Round will be televised nationally on ESPN, ESPN 2 or ESPNU.
The Mainland participants include Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, Oakland and St. Francis Brooklyn, who will face Championship Round teams before playing each other in the Regional round in Conway, S.C. from Nov. 23-24.
Travel packages, including tickets, are available by calling O‘ahu Travel, the official travel agency of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, at 1-800-826-3822. This is the only way to purchase tickets to the tournament.