2015 Maui Invitational bracket announced

  • 07/28/2015 1:15 pm in

The bracket for the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon and the two favorites in the event, Indiana and Kansas, are on opposite sides of the bracket.

The Hoosiers, ranked No. 14 in the ESPN.com early top 25 for next season, will open with Wake Forest, which finished last season 13-19.

The game will tip at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

On the other side of the bracket, Kansas, the No. 6 in the ESPN.com early top 25 for 2015-2016, will play host Chaminade, a Division II program.

Other matchups include St. John’s vs. Vanderbilt, which is the other game on IU’s side of the bracket and UNLV vs. UCLA.

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The full press release on the 2015 Maui Invitational is available below:

MAUI, HAWAII (July 28, 2015) – The Maui Jim Maui Invitational today announced its 2015 Championship Round bracket. The bracket sets up a potential championship game pitting two preseason top-10 teams and semifinal contests featuring four of the winningest teams in NCAA history. The 32nd edition of the nation’s premier early-season college basketball tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Indiana will begin play at the tournament against Wake Forest on Nov. 23 at 12:00pm (HT)/5:00pm (ET) and will take on the winner/loser of Vanderbilt/St. John’s the following day.

The Championship Round will feature Indiana, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and host Chaminade. With teams originating from all parts of the country, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will draw a national audience. All 12 Championship Round games of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be televised by the ESPN family of networks.

The teams of the Championship Round have combined to win 20 national championships, 11 from NCAA leader UCLA, 47 trips to the Final Four and 215 NCAA Tournament berths. Indiana, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA appeared in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, with the Bruins advancing to their second straight regional semifinal. Indiana and Kansas rank in the top 10 in various early-season projections, while the Hoosiers, Jayhawks, Red Storm and Bruins are among the top 10 all-time winningest programs in NCAA Division I history. Kansas ranks second, UCLA is seventh, St. John’s ranks eighth and Indiana is 10th.

The 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will mark the first Tournament appearance for St. John’s and Wake Forest, both under the guidance of former NBA All-Stars. The Red Storm will be led in Maui by their all-time leading scorer, Chris Mullin, who is in his first year as head coach at his alma mater. Meanwhile, former Kansas All-American Danny Manning, who participated in the 1987 Maui Jim Maui Invitational with the Jayhawks, will guide the Demon Deacons into their first Maui appearance.

“The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is sure to deliver three days of the best basketball of the early season,” Tournament Chairman Dave Odom said. “This bracket features compelling matchups and exciting storylines starting on day one. It is said that the path to the Final Four starts in Maui. I have no doubt that this statement will be true this year.”

Prior to heading to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the seven island teams will host one of four regional games participants in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Opening Games. Those games are scheduled for Nov. 13-16. The four mainland teams will participate in the Regional Games at the University of Northern Colorado Nov. 21 and 22.

Opening Games Schedule

November 13
Northern Colorado at Kansas
Cal Poly at UNLV
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt
UMBC at Wake Forest

November 15
Cal Poly at UCLA

November 16
Austin Peay at Indiana
UMBC at St. John’s

Regional Games Schedule

November 21
Northern Colorado vs. UMBC
Cal Poly vs. Austin Peay

November 22
UMBC vs. Cal Poly/Austin Peay
Northern Colorado vs. Cal Poly/Austin Peay

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  • HoosierOz

    Wake Forest then St. John’s then Kansas (or maybe even a surprise UNLV Thomas Bryant v Stephen Zimmerman matchup) – fun few days of basketball.

  • Ole Man

    Best not overlook Wake Forest. They bring almost everyone back; Manning is showing some coaching chops; and they came close to beating some big boy squads last year.

  • hoosier93

    Bryant will be going up against Zimmerman or Goodluck. They have a great frontcourt. I don’t want to play UNLV at all. But we’d see how stubborn Crean would be about not playing two big men together. Also would let us see about how our game with Purdue, MSU and Maryland could go.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Can’t Wait!!!!!

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    You are so right and I think it’s an interesting who would he put in EH, Juwan MORGAN or, Max beside Thomas Bryant and am guessing if you want to go really big it would be Thomas Bryant, Holt then Troy Williams. The backcourt would be Yogi andJBJ

  • Bill Graham

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Wake Forest won it all.

  • Bill Graham

    The real question is should Yogi start? I mean we have RJ, James, Nick, and Niego. I’ve got Yogi as 10th man at best in my book…

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Can’t wait!!!!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Huh?

  • dwdkc

    KU should be a huge favorite. They have a big early season advantage having played the World games this summer and built their early season chemistry, not to mention they would have been a pretty big favorite anyway. On the other hand by late in the year it could be a bit of a grind for them. Hope IU can get to the final against them, it is all upside at that point.

  • IURob1997

    This may be the most ridiculous comment I’ve ever seen on ITH.

  • William Anderson

    CTC knows what he is doing, we as fans should support him more than 2nd guess. He took a team without a big man to the ncaa, Defense wasn’t the problem defending the middle was.

  • Bill Graham

    lol