Senior Brian Randle and the Illini will face Arizona State in the first round of the 2007 EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 19 at 10:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Aug. 7, 2007
Maui, Hawaii -
The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational announced today the official bracket for the 2007 edition of the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament, which will held Nov. 19-21. Marking its 24th year, the eight-team competition will return to Maui's Lahaina Civic Center, located less than 1,000 yards from the Pacific Ocean.
Illinois will play the final first round game on Monday, Nov. 19, taking on Arizona State at 10:30 p.m. Central Time. That game will be televised on ESPN2. Other first round match-ups include Duke vs. Princeton (8 p.m. CT), Marquette vs. Chaminade (1:30 p.m. CT) and LSU vs. Oklahoma State (4 p.m. CT). ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will again combine to offer live television coverage of all 12 tournament games. In addition, ESPN360.com will provide live simulcasts of the games televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
Illinois is making its third appearance at the Maui Invitational, owning an all-time record of 4-2. The Illini finished second in 2000, defeating UNLV and Maryland before falling to Arizona in the championship game. Illinois finished third in 1987 in its first trip to Maui, defeating Baylor, falling to Villanova and beating eventual national champion Kansas.
Remaining school Booster Tickets and Single Game Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. Central Time via the tournament Web site at mauiinvitational.com, and through Oahu Travel, the official tournament travel agency at 800.826.3822. In addition, tickets for the tournament's Tip-Off Banquet and space for the 4th Annual EA SPORTS Maui Golf Invitational are available. Visit the Web site's "Tickets & Travel" section for details.