Indiana will play in the 2015 Maui Invitational

  • 11/25/2013 2:17 pm in

Indiana will play in the 2015 Maui Invitational, tournament chairman Dave Odom announced today. 

It will be the first appearance in the event for Indiana since 2008, when the Hoosiers finished the trip to Maui 1-2 in Tom Crean’s first season in Bloomington.

Indiana is 9-6 all-time in the event with one title (2002).

Joining the Hoosiers in the 2015 field will be Chaminade, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Here’s the full release with more details:

The EA SPORTS™ Maui Invitational® today announced the Championship Round field for the 2015 Tournament. The loaded field joining Chaminade at the Lahaina Civic Center will include Indiana, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The Championship Round will be held Nov. 23, 24 and 25, 2015 on the beautiful island of Maui.

This outstanding group includes four of the top-10 winningest programs in NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball history – Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA and Indiana. Led by UCLA’s NCAA-record 11 national championships, the seven Division I schools have won 19 national championships, made 47 trips to the Final Four and earned 206 bids to the NCAA Tournament.

The eight-team field has also had tremendous success recently. The group had 44 former players begin the 2013-14 season on NBA rosters. Both Kansas and Indiana were No. 1 seeds in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and all seven Division I teams have earned an NCAA Tournament bid since 2010.

“The 2015 Tournament promises to be very special. Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA and Indiana are four of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball. UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are among the most successful programs in the past two decades,” said Dave Odom, Tournament Chairman. “To have these teams join Chaminade in Maui will make for a spectacular week of basketball.”

Since the inception of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational in 1984, 99 schools representing 23 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event. Schools that have participated in the Tournament in November have finished their seasons with 104 NCAA Tournament appearances, 36 trips to the Sweet 16, 18 Final Fours and eight national championships.

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  • 5_Banners

    Love it. Kansas and UCLA. Nice field.

  • inLinE6

    This is certainly higher quality tournament than 2K classic.

  • Joshmofo1

    If we can keep some of our young guys, we’re gonna be really good that year.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Well, looks like we may get an early indication of what we missed on Okonoboh……..

    That said, I LOVE the way our class turned out…..

  • Dagwoods

    Would love to get back to Puerto Rico too, much cheaper to get there and stay there.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Maui is always a good event and gives teams three good tests early in the season. Does anyone know if we are scheduled to play in any exempt tournaments for next season? I haven’t heard anything but I admittedly don’t pay a ton of attention to future schedules.

  • esapata

    Cool beans.

  • Hoosier10

    I think this is for the 2015-2016 season, which means unless Goodluck stays two years he would not be there.

  • Candy Striped Kid

    how early can i book flights?

  • MillaRed

    Road trip! Let’s all get Lei’d!


  • drewheck

    no need to be sorry thats what they should call winniing the maui invitational

  • unclekerfuffle

    My wife and I are going even if I have to sell a kidney.

  • SCHoosier

    I assume it would be one of hers??:) All that to see TC is a flowered shirt!!

  • sarge

    Maui Wowie!

  • yimyames

    Half labrador!

  • InTheMtns

    I believe we’re scheduled to be in the Jimmy V Classic in New York, Madison Square Garden, on Dec. 9, 2014.

    If you look on the main page about half-way down, under the tweets and the Yard Barker ad bar, you’ll see “IU+…Big10+…Blogs+… Resources.” If you click on the + at IU+, you’ll see “Future Schedules” as one of the menu choices there.

  • Andrew

    That’s true, but that’s not our exempt tourney. That is just one game that counts as one game. Look for us to be in some kind of actual tourney where you get 4 for the price of 1, like the 2k Sports this year or the Legends Classic last year.

  • InTheMtns

    Oops. You’re right. My bad – I missed the “exempt” part.

  • the 2k classic was appropriate for our skill level this year. we couldn’t even win that one…

  • kwehner

    I was watching the Maui tournament earlier and was hoping IU could get there soon. Wow, wish granted the same day.

  • Andrew

    You weren’t really wrong, you’re just excited about IU in MSG again…perhaps against L’ville.

  • InTheMtns

    I hope it does turn out to be L’ville. Big game, big stage.

  • Bobbie

    Probably best to take a plane or a boat.

  • HoosierCruz

    So pumped for this!! I love the Maui Invite, gotta start saving up now…

  • unclekerfuffle

    Nope, it’s my turn at bat. She took one for the team back in ’87 when we went to New Orleans.
    Ain’t love grand!


    Rewatched that one just the other day. Classic !!

  • TomJameson

    This is for the 2015-2016 season. So, Yogi will be a senior, Troy and that class will be Juniors, Noah will be in his first year of the NBA, Blackmon and crew will be solid Sophomores (if they all stay). Freshman class to be determined. Plus, coming off a banner year (2014-2015). Yup, I’d say we’ll be pretty tough that year!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I knew the Jimmy V Classic was on the docket but that it wasn’t our exempt event. We might not be in line for one, which would be unfortunate. I’m with you though, if we do get to play Louisville in New York, that would be a very good early season game for the program.

  • CreamandCrimson

    He’s already got the great tan…he can certainly rock the flowered shirt!

  • RON K

    After the Maui, how about the Old Spice Classic 2015 at Disney for the I.U. grads in Florida ;~) Great Thanksgiving vacation. Disney and I.U. basketball.