By Jeff Goodman
One of these years I’ll get back to the Maui Invitational.
But I’m guessing it won’t be in 2012.
The field was officially released today and it’s solid, but not spectacular. It reads as follows: North Carolina, Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Texas, Mississippi State, USC and Chaminade.
I wanted to go this year with a stacked field that includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee, Georgetown and Chaminade. However, the issue is actually the mediocre 76 Classic that I would have hit following Maui.
The lone time I’ve actually been to the Maui Invitational was on my honeymoon (yes, my wife is pretty cool) back in 2000 when Arizona beat Illinois to win the event.
Other than, of course, the honeymoon portion of the trip – it was the chance to sit next to the late Pete Newell and pick his brain on the rickety bleachers in the Lahaina Civic Center.