Jan. 29, 2007
NORTHBROOK, IL - Saint Joseph's will participate in the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational field hosted by Chaminade on November 24-26, 2008, in the 25th edition of the nation's premier early-season tournament, it was announced by tournament operator KemperSports Marketing & Communications.
Joining the Hawks in the tournament are Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Joseph's and Texas and Division II Chaminade.
The 2008 lineup features a mix of tournament veterans and newcomers; two former national champions and Maui titleholders, Indiana and North Carolina; and three squads that will debut on Maui's hardwood (Alabama, Oregon and Saint Joseph's).
"We look forward to commemorating the tournament's 25th anniversary with another marquee assembly of teams in 2008," said Tournament Chairman Dave Gavitt. "The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational has the ingredients, on and off the court, that make for a one-of-a-kind college sports event - spirited competition among strong fields, an intimate fan experience in Hawaii and live television coverage courtesy of ESPN."
To date, 79 schools representing 20 conferences and 36 states have competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, with Maui participants winning 52 of 68 NCAA championships, 52 of 68 national runner-up spots and comprising 202 of 272 Final Four teams.
The 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational showcases Arizona State, Duke, Illinois, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma State and Princeton tipping off in college basketball's premier season-opening tournament, Nov. 19-21, at Maui's Lahaina Civic Center. The ESPN networks will again offer live television coverage of a minimum nine tournament games.
EA SPORTS, the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, enters its seventh year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational. Just last week, EA SPORTS released NCAA® March Madness 07®, the No.1-selling college basketball videogame, featuring cover athlete Adam Morrison, 2005 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational MVP and current member of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
Other tournament sponsors include the Maui Visitors Bureau, County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation and Hawaii Tourism Authority. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort and Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, all from the beautiful Ka'anapali Beach resort area, serve as host hotels for the thousands of fans and boosters who annually accompany their teams to Maui. KemperSports has operated the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational since 1990.
For a variety of tournament information as well as details regarding 2007 tickets and travel packages, visit the official tournament Web site, www.mauiinvitational.com, or contact Oahu Travel, the official tournament travel agent, at 800-826-3822.