The Chaminade University men’s basketball team will open the 2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational against perennial power North Carolina on Monday, Nov. 21.
The Tar Heels finished 33-7 in 2015-16 and were one win away from claiming their sixth NCAA title before being sunk at the buzzer against Villanova in the national championship game in Houston, Texas last April.
UNC returns three starters including guard Joel Berry II, the Tar Heels' second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game, swingman Justin Jackson (12.2 ppg) and forward Kennedy Meeks (9.2 ppg, 5.9 rebounds per game). They also have one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
“I have great respect for Coach (Roy) Williams and the UNC program,” Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird said. “They had a great run last year and they’re loaded up again. It’ll be a huge challenge for us but a fun one.”
The contest will tip at 6:30 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPN2. Chaminade faces either Connecticut or Oklahoma State on Tuesday. The other side of the bracket has Tennessee facing Wisconsin and Georgetown meeting Oregon.
The Silverswords are 0-2 lifetime against North Carolina with the Tar Heels winning the last meeting, 112-70, in the 2012 third-place game. The ’Swords are 7-87 all-time in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
Chaminade returns guards Kuany Kuany (16.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg), Rohndell Goodwin (16.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Kiran Shastri (13.1 ppg, 77 3-pointers). Kuany was an All-Pacific West Conference Second Team selection in 2015-16 while Goodwin and Shastri were named to the honorable mention team.
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