Bulldogs Face Maryland In Maui

July 13, 2005

2005 Maui Invitational Bracket in PDF Format
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MAUI, Hawaii - Gonzaga University will face the University of Maryland in the opening round of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational men's basketball tournament Nov. 21.

The bracket for college basketball's early-season spotlight was released Wednesday by KemperSports Marketing, operator of the tournament since 1990.

The Bulldogs and Terrapins will meet at 2 p.m. Pacific time (noon in Maui) in the second game of the opening day to be televised on ESPN2. Michigan State University and host Chaminade University tip off the tourney at 11:30 a.m. Pacific (9:30 a.m. in Maui). Those two winners will meet at 4 p.m. Pacific (2 p.m. in Maui) on Nov. 22, with the two losers having the early-morning opener at 10:30 a.m. Pacific (8:30 a.m. in Maui).

Gonzaga and Maryland aren't strangers on the hardwood, the Bulldogs downing the host Terps 82-68 in the opening round of the BB&T Classic at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2003. Gonzaga went on to capture the tourney title with a 96-91 win over George Washington University.

The lower half of the Maui bracket has the University of Arizona facing the University of Kansas at 6 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. in Maui), and the University of Arkansas meeting the University of Connecticut at 8:30 p.m. Pacific (6:30 p.m. in Maui).

Gonzaga will be making its second trip to the Maui Invitational, the Bulldogs competing in the 2002 affair. Gonzaga defeated the University of Utah 71-52 in the opener, then lost to Indiana University 76-75 and the University of Kentucky 80-72.

"This is an outstanding field," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "That's why we are returning to Maui. The early-season competition will be a good barometer for where we are with this team. Maryland is well coached by Gary Williams and will be a demanding test for us, as will all of the teams in the tournament. It's a spotlight event and really showcases college basketball early in the season."

The Bulldogs return a solid team led by All-West Coast Conference first-team pick and Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection Adam Morrison, the WCC Newcomer of the Year in J.P. Batista, the WCC Defender of the Year in Erroll Knight and another All-WCC first-team pick in guard Derek Raivio. The Bulldogs won the WCC regular-season and WCC Tournament titles to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season.

The 22nd annual Maui Invitational will again be played in the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, the new 24-hour college sports network, will combine to offer live coverage of all 12 contests, marking the first time every game of the event will be televised nationally.

The 2005 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features five 2005 NCAA Tournament participants (Arizona, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State); and 2005 Final Four and Elite Eight contenders, Michigan State and Arizona, respectively.

"For more than two decades, this tournament has set the tone for the NCAA basketball season, and this year fuels the fire with an assembly of teams largely considered one of the best-ever in an early-season event," said tournament chairman Dave Gavitt, who last year was handed the reigns by fellow sports icon Wayne Duke. "Maui is a breeding ground for the spirited competition that carries teams to the Big Dance in March."

Remaining school booster tickets will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 16 at 8 a.m. Hawaii time (10 a.m. Pacific time) via the official tournament Web site at http://www.mauiinvitational.com, and through Oahu Travel, the official tournament travel agency, which can be reached at (800) 826-3822. Gonzaga booster packages are still available through AAA Travel in Spokane by calling (509) 358-6900.

2005 Maui Invitational Schedule
(All Times Hawaii Time)

Monday, November 21
Game 1 -
9:30 a.m. - Chaminade vs. Michigan State (ESPN2)
Game 2 - Noon - Gonzaga vs. Maryland (ESPN2)
Game 3 - 4 p.m. - Arizona vs. Kansas (ESPN)
Game 4 - 6:30 p.m. Arkansas vs. Connecticut (ESPN2)

Tuesday, November 22
Game 5 - 8:30 a.m. - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPNU)
Game 6 - 11 a.m. - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPNU)
Game 7 - 2 p.m. - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN)
Game 8 - 4:30 p.m. - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 (ESPN)

Wednesday, November 23
Game 9 (5th/6th Place) - 9 a.m. - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (ESPN)
Game 10 (3rd/4th Place) - 11:30 a.m. - Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (ESPN2)
Game 11 (7th/8th Place) - 2 p.m. - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (ESPNU)
Game 12 (1st/2nd Place) - 4:30 p.m. - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (ESPN)



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