History Of The Maui Invitational
The Maui Invitational tournament is set to begin with the opening games starting on November 14, followed by regional games to be played beginning on November 22, and the tournament will conclude with a championship round starting on November 24 to the 26th.
This year’s tournament include 8 teams, Arizona, BYU, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, and Chaminade. This year’s Maui Invitational features some strong teams with a lot of talent in each basketball club as potential matchups in the semifinals and finals that will have big college basketball fans craving for Maui Invitational tickets.
The opening game of the tournament which will be a matchup between the Purdue Boilermakers hosting the Samford Bulldogs as Maui Invitational tickets for the game have a current average price of just $11 with a get in price of $5. Limited Maui Invitational tickets for this game are still available on TicketIQ.
The most expensive opening game for Maui Invitational tickets according to TicketIQ, is November 16 when the Pittsburgh Panthers host the Samford Bulldogs at the Petersen Events Center as Maui Invitational tickets for this game have a current secondary average price of $101.18 with a get in price starting at just $4.
The tournament first began after a what is considered to be the biggest upset in the history of college basketball when the Chimanade then a NAIA school upsetted the top ranked Virginia Cavaliers in December of 1982. Since then about 99 schools representing 23 conferences and 40 states have competed in the Hawaiian tournament. Of the eight teams that participate there is usually one of each of the six major conferences ( the Pac 12, Big Ten, Big East, ACC and SEC).
Since 2011 however, the tournament added four mainland teams that play the Maui-bound teams at home. The four mainland teams will then play each other in the regional round with the winner from each game will face each other in the championship round.
There is a lot of star power packed into one for this year’s tournament that should not be missed with many accomplished teams in the field such as Arizona, Missouri, Purdue, and Pittsburgh with emerging teams including BYU and San Diego State looking to make run in what will be fierce competition for these 8 squads in what is arguably the most deepest and balanced field the tournament has ever had.
Arizona will be making its sixth appearance in the Maui Invitation which is tied with North Carolina as the most appearances. They have made it to 3 championship games winning it all in 2000, while finishing as the runner up in 1993 and 1997. Overall, Arizona has won 25 conference titles and reached the NCAA tournament for 25 consecutive years from 1985-2009.
The Pittsburgh Panthers meanwhile, will be making their first ever appearance at the Maui Invitational who have had a lot of success in early season tournaments winning five titles from 2006-2012 and having appeared in in 10 straight NCAA tournaments from 2002-2011.