Brandon Paul and the Fighting Illini will compete in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Nov. 19-21.
Aug. 20, 2012
Maui, Hawaii - The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational today announced that Illinois Booster Tickets, as well as All-Tournament Reserved Tickets and all other Island Team Booster Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. CDT for the Championship Round of the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament. Booster tickets are good for entry to all three tournament games in which a particular school will participate. Tickets can be purchased via the Tournament website at mauiinvitational.com (no phone orders) with a maximum of four tickets available for purchase per person per ticket type.
"We are excited to be part of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, one of the premier early-season tournaments in college basketball," Illinois head coach John Groce said. "Illini fans have traveled in great numbers to Maui in the past, and we want to see that trend continue once again this season. Our team is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Maui Invitational and having the support of Illini Nation behind us as we play three highly competitive games in three days."
For fans that want to stay close to the action, don't miss out on purchasing an Official Travel Package. The travel package includes Illinois Booster Tickets and accommodations at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Packages are still available through Premier Global Sports or by calling Oahu Travel, the tournament's official travel agency (800.826.3822).
"Last year, more than 5,000 visitors traveled to Maui to attend and participate in the premier early-season college basketball tournament," said David Odom, EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tournament Chairman. "College basketball fans should be sure to get their tickets to this year's Tournament and root on their favorite teams during another great edition of Sun, Surf and Hoops."
Tickets will also be made available to the Tip-Off Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 7-9 p.m. HST at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. All participating teams attend the banquet, which is emceed by ESPN's Bill Raftery and features speeches from the participating coaches and exciting performances by traditional Hawaiian entertainment groups.
The 29th annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational will launch the college basketball season with another exciting field. The Championship Round includes Island Teams Illinois, Butler, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, USC and host Chaminade. Championship Round match-ups start Monday, Nov. 19 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui and feature some of the nation's premier programs:
Game 1 (2:30 p.m. CST, ESPN2): Butler vs. Marquette
Game 2 (5 p.m. CST, ESPN2): Mississippi State vs. North Carolina
Game 3 (8:30 p.m. CST, ESPNU): Texas vs. Chaminade
Game 4 (11 p.m. CST, ESPN2): USC vs. Illinois