Aug. 5, 2010
MAUI, Hawaii -- The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational® today announced the official bracket for the 2010 edition of the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament, and Washington will play Virginia in the first round on Monday, Nov. 22. The Huskies and Cavaliers will tip-off at 9:00 p.m. PT from Maui's oceanfront Lahaina Civic Center and the game will air live on ESPN2.
This is the 27th year of tournament basketball in paradise and Washington's first trip the tropical island.
"The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational is one of the great tournaments that helps get the collegiate season jump started," said Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. "It's an exciting time, everyone watches it and the competition is always very stiff. Our team has never had an opportunity to participate, so we're all very excited about it."
The matchup will pit Romar against former Washington State head coach Tony Bennett, who left the Cougars prior to the 2009-10 season to join the Cavaliers. Virginia finished the 2010 season 15-16 overall and 5-11 in ACC action.
Washington returns nine letterwinners, including four starters from last season's team which went 26-10 overall, won the Pac-10 Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
Wichita State will play Connecticut in the first game of the tournament at 12 p.m. PT, followed by Oklahoma and Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. PT. Michigan State and host Chaminade will play at 6:30 p.m. PT.
The winner/loser of Washington-Virginia will play the winner/loser of the Kentucky and Oklahoma match up on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The championship game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. PT.