The 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational field is highlighted by Hall of Fame head coaches leading powerhouse programs.
Bill Self brings his Kansas Jayhawks back after winning the tournament in 2015. Tom Izzo leads national contender Michigan State, and first-year coach Mick Cronin brings his UCLA Bruins to Maui.
Georgia, Dayton, BYU and Virginia Tech round out the bracket.
First Round Games
GAME 1: Georgia vs. Dayton
DATE: November 25
TIME: 2:30 PM ET
GAME 2: Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State
DATE: November 25
TIME: 5 PM ET
GAME 3: Kansas vs. Chaminade
DATE: November 25
TIME: 9 PM ET
GAME 4: BYU vs. UCLA
DATE: November 25
TIME: 11:30 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
The Spartans finished 32-7 and won both the regular season and tournament titles in the Big Ten Conference before falling short in the national semifinal last season. They’ll have to replace three key departures in Nick Ward, Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins. The trio combined for over 30 points and 18 rebounds a year ago.
Cassius Winston, G — 18.8 ppg, 3.6 apg
Xavier Tillman, F — 10 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Joshua Langford, G — 15 ppg, 40% 3FG
Malik Hall, F
Julius Marble, F
Rocket Watts, G
BRIGHAM YOUNG COUGARS
The Cougars finished 19-13 a year ago, 11-5 in the WAC, and went out and hired Mark Pope away from Utah Valley to be their head coach.
Yoeli Childs, F — 21.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg
TJ Haws, G — 17.8 ppg, 5.1 apg
Jake Toolson, G (transfer/Utah Valley)
Bernardo Silva, C
Nate Hansen, G
The Jayhawks finished 2018-19 at 26-10 and 12-6 in the Big 12, then fell in Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament to Auburn.
Devon Dotson, G — 12.3 ppg, 3.5 apg
Legerald Vick, G — 14.1 ppg, 45.5% 3FG
Uodoka Azubuike, C — 13.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg
Tristan Enaruna, F
Isaac McBride, G
Christian Braun, F
Isaiah Moss, G (transfer/Iowa)
The Bulldogs struggled to an 11-21 record last season, including 2-16 in the SEC. They hired Tom Crean as their new head coach in March. Crean has a career 367-252 record as a head coach at Maquette and Indiana.
Rayshaun Hammonds, F — 12.1ppg, 6.1 rpg
Tyree Crump, G — 9.1 ppg, 34.5% 3FG
Jordan Harris, G — 7.8 ppg, 41.5% 3FG
Christian Brown, F
Anthony Edwards, G
Jaykwon Walton, F
Sahvir Wheeler, G
The Flyers are in year three under head coach Anthony Grant, following a 21-12 season a year ago. Grant lost just two seniors from last year’s squad and adds three transfers and a key recruit to the group for 2019-20.
Obi Toppin, F — 14.4 ppg, 5.6 apg
Jalen Crutcher, G — 13.2 ppg, 5.7 apg
Ryan Mikesell, F — 10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Chase Johnson, F (transfer/Florida)
Rodney Chatman, G (transfer/Chattanooga)
Moulaye Sissoko, C
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
Coach Buzz Williams and the Hokies made a great run into the Sweet 16 last March, falling 75-73 to Duke. Williams will have to replace the production big man Kerry Blackshear Jr. who transferred to Florida, and leading scorer Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who is in the NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans. A transfer and a key recruit may be asked to pick up a lot of slack.
Isaiah Wilkins, G — 4.7 ppg, 40.7% 3FG
Wabissa Bede, G — 3.8 ppg, 2.3 apg
P.J. Horne, — 3.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Branden Johnson, C (transfer/Arizona State)
Jalen Cone, G
John Ojako, F, C
Nahiem Alleyne, G
It’s Mick Cronin’s first season as the head coach of the Bruins. Cronin spent 13 seasons at Cincinnati where he made the NCAA Tournament nine times, including last season when the Bearcats won the American Athletic Conference tournament title. UCLA finished last season at 17-16.
Jules Bernard, G — 7.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg
Prince Ali, G — 9.6 ppg, 2.7 apg
Chris Smith, G — 6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Jake Kyman, F
Jaime Jaquez Jr., F
Head coach Eric Bovaird’s Silverswords finished 23-8 last season and fell 77-75 in the D2 West Regional to Seattle Pacific. Chaminade lost just three seniors from that, however, so Bovaird and company return experience across the board and are expected to compete again this season.
Tyler Cartaino, G –17.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Andre Arissol, G — 8 ppg, 38.5% 3FG
Jake Hutchings, F — 7 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Akot “Bill” Awet, F (transfer/Southern Illinois)
Kevin Kremer, G (transfer/Utah)
ABOUT THE MAUI JIM MAUI INVITATIONAL
In December 1982, then No. 1 ranked Virginia, led by National College Player of the Year Ralph Sampson, played little-known NAIA Chaminade University in Honolulu while on the way back from a trip to Tokyo. The Silverswords stunned Virginia 77-72 in one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. Two years later, in 1984, Chaminade University hosted the first Maui Jim Maui Invitational and it has proven to be the premier early-season college basketball tournament for 34 years running. Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational attracts the top programs, best-known coaches and most outstanding players to compete in an exciting atmosphere at the Lahaina Civic Center near the beautiful beaches of Maui.
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