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Source: Maui Invitational matchups set

Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:54 am
By Gary Parrish

The Maui Invitational matchups are set to be released later today.

But already has them for you.

According to a source, the matchups are:
  • Duke vs. Tennessee
  • Memphis vs. Michigan
  • Kansas vs. Georgetown
  • UCLA vs. Chaminade
The Duke-Tennessee winner will play the Memphis-Michigan winner in one semifinal while the Kansas-Georgetown winner plays the UCLA-Chaminade winner in the other semifinal. Five of the eight Maui participants are ranked in the latest version of the Top 25 (and one). The group is led by No. 6 Duke and followed by No. 8 Memphis, No. 11 Kansas, No. 20 Michigan and No. 25 UCLA. So the bracket appears a little unbalanced provided you believe in those rankings. Seeded roperly, the bracket should look more like this:
  • Duke-Chaminade
  • Michigan-UCLA
  • Kansas-Georgetown
  • Memphis-Tennessee
The problem with that more accurately seeded bracket is that Duke refuses to play non-Division I opponents (like Chaminade), and tournament officials, a source said, wanted Duke on the opposite side of Kansas and UCLA in order to give the event a chance at a Duke-UCLA or Duke-Kansas championship game. In other words, Kansas, UCLA and Chaminade had to be on the opposite side of Duke. The unbalanced bracket is the byproduct.

The losers in all this?

Memphis and Michigan.

One of those top-20 teams is starting 0-1 in Maui.

Official Maui bracket | Early season tournament guide

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:34 pm

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It is good to see Memphis finally coming out of the whole Calipari mess of a few years ago.

And what exactly would the whole "Calipari mess" be? Do you have ANY clue what happened at Memphis? No, you obviously don't. Coach Cal had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Derrick Rose's SAT being "voided". The NCAA cleared Rose to play, and Coach Cal did just that....he played him. It wasn't until AFTER he was already playing that his SAT was "voided". ANY coach would have played Rose, knowing he was cleared. As a result, the NCAA declared him an ineligible player, and as a result, had to vacate Memphis' season. Now, if you go0 back several year, you had a player....Corey Maggette, I do believe, who ADMITTED to taking money PRIOR to playing for Puke. However, the NCAA, being of the "selective enforcement" type chose to do NOTHING to Puke, despite the fact that Maggette was INDEED an ineligible player.

And, to further correct you....the NCAA even sent Coach Cal a letter that saying he was cleared of ANY wrong doing.

Next time....research your facts before posting.....

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:47 pm

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Looks like a great bunch of teams in this Tournment. Go Duke! Really I do not see a problem with Duke not wanting to play any non-division I teams. If it comes down to them in the Championship Game I am sure they will play them. I think it is actually more of the Tournment wanting to see a Duke/Kansas or Duke/UCLA Championship than Duke playing Chaminade.

Really a Memphis Tiger Fan is calling Duke and Coach K a bunch a cheats...that is laughable. However, looks like you guys have a good looking team this year, you will be tough to beat in the second round. It is good to see Memphis finally coming out of the whole Calipari mess of a few years ago.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:18 pm

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Short of my Tigers winning the tourney, I'd trade almost anything if somehow Chaminade would make it through to play Dook in the championship. 

Either play them or take a forfeit, pretentious, cheating jerk.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:41 pm

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Great bunch of early season games. Looking forward to them.  Go Blue Devils!

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:30 pm

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Plus, Memphis could not play Tennessee or Georgetown in the first round, since they already have them on the schedule for this year. I am sure that may have contributed to the lopsided bracket. I am not sure if any of the other teams in the tournament would be in the same situation.

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:07 pm
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