March 7, 2012
The Golden Gophers will be part of the 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational field announced by tournament directors this week. The 30th annual tournament, hosted by Chaminade, will be played at Maui’s Lahaina Civic Center. In addition to Minnesota and host Chaminade, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Dayton, Gonzaga, and Syracuse will fill out the field.
“The 2013 field represents the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational's longstanding commitment to bringing the top teams in the nation to the island of Maui,” said Tournament Chairman David Odom. "With some of the country’s top basketball programs and great coaching minds paired with devoted fan bases traveling to Maui in 2013, we are excited for another fun-filled and competitive week of Basketball in Paradise."
Syracuse (1990, 1998), Gonzaga (2009), and Dayton (2003) have all claimed Maui Invitational titles in the past. The Gophers last participated in 1991, taking fifth place.
In fall of 2012, Minnesota will travel to the Bahamas on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 22-24) to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Gophers, Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Stanford, and Virginia Commonwealth comprise the field.
After the 2013 Maui Invitational, the Gophers will have played in five different fall tournaments in five years. They traveled to the Old Spice Classic in 2011, the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2010, and the 76 Classic in 2009.
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