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Indiana, Notre Dame scheduled to face each other in Maui

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Indiana and new coach Tom Crean will face Notre Dame in the opening round of the 25th annual EA Sports Maui Invitational in November.

Also in the first round, North Carolina, which returns national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough and its top five other scorers from last season's Final Four team, will play host Chaminade.

The pairings for the early season tournament, which will be held Nov. 24-26 at the Lahaina Civic Center, were announced Tuesday.

The other first-round games will have Texas, a regional finalist last season, against Saint Joseph's and Oregon facing Alabama.

The North Carolina-Chaminade and Oregon-Alabama games are on the same side of the bracket.

North Carolina, expected to be the runaway preseason No. 1 in almost every poll, has Ty Lawson, Danny Green and Wayne Ellington -- who all withdrew their names from the NBA draft -- returning from the team that went 36-3. In addition, coach Roy Williams has one of the nation's top recruiting classes heading for Chapel Hill.

Chaminade, the Division II school from Honolulu, beat Princeton in last year's seventh-place game to improve its all-time record in the tournament to 5-65. The Silverswords pulled off one of college basketball's biggest upsets on Dec, 23, 1982, when they beat then-No. 1 Virginia and three-time national player of the year Ralph Sampson 77-72.

North Carolina won the Maui Invitational in 1999 and 2004. Duke holds the record with four Maui titles in as many appearances.

Indiana, the only other former champion in the field having won in 2002, comes in as Crean tries to rebuild a program that has only one returning scholarship player from last year's team. Crean led Marquette to the Maui title game last season where the Golden Eagles lost to Duke 77-73.

Saint Joseph's, Oregon and Alabama are all making their first appearances on Maui.

All the games will be televised live on one of ESPN's networks.



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