Tag:Maui Invitational
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:54 am

Source: Maui Invitational matchups set

By Gary Parrish

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

But CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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
Posted on: January 18, 2011 7:50 pm

Another holiday tourney, this one in the Bahamas


Posted by MATT JONES

I will watch anything if a bracket is involved. Seriously, if you were to somehow create a 64 team "Two and a Half Men" best episode tournament, I would forget how absolutely atrocious the writing on that show truly is and instead, create a CBS Sports' office pool and dominate Ian Eagle and Steve Tasker with my Charlie Sheen knowledge to such a degree, they wouldn't know what hit them. Brackets are the perfect invention for my tastes. They spice up any event by adding competition and randomness, causing endless hours of conversation and matchup manipulation.

It is because of this love of tournament setups that I used to look forward to the first month of college basketball season more than any other except March. Because events like the Preseason NIT, the Great Alaska Shootout and the Maui Invitational placed teams against each other that rarely ever met outside of the NCAA Tournament, it became a chance to see matchups that otherwise would never take place. Each field was loaded, the final events drew the big announcers and because they usually took place during the holidays, they were must-watch events for those of hearty souls known as college basketball junkies.

But somewhere along the way, the great tradition of the holiday tournament got lost. Because of the amazing success of these early events, especially the one in Maui, copycat tournaments have sprung up like wildfire in the last 3-5 years. There are events in Orlando, Anaheim, Charleston and now as of today, a new one in the Bahamas. The new Bahamas event has been approved for exempt status by the NCAA and like all of the other events, it's goal is to become the new Maui (or as its organizers call it "the Maui of the East." The games are to be played in a converted ballroom, that once was host to the Miss Universe pageant, a setup that is currently utilized by a holiday tournament in Cancun (pictured above). Just what we all want to see over a nice turkey dinner, the sight of sweaty coaches watching basketball in a room decorated with chandeleirs.

All of these non-Maui events attempt to recreate the Maui magic, but instead of top programs battling for glory on a tropical island, we get mid-major boredom in an empty gym at Disney World. The proliferation of tournaments has caused a thinning of the field, with only Maui truly able to get eight top teams to make the trip. This year's Charleston Classic had a field consisting of Georgetown, NC State, East Carolina, George Mason, Wofford, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina and SC-Upstate. A murderer's row it is not.

And with those mediocre fields come nonexistent crowd support. Because most of the new tournaments are tied in with ESPN, there is virtually no reason to draw actual attendees to the games, as the focus is for television. Thus we get the site of Temple playing Texas A&M in front of friends and family, with all the atmosphere of a "Friends of Doug Gottlieb" event. The special nature of the tournament setting is lost and it looks like a group of random guys snuck into a gym late at night, brought along two old men in goofy Hawaiian shirts and are playing a glorified game of shirts and skins.

Maybe the Bahamas tournament will be better. The organizers say it will hold 5,000 people and their goal is to get the best field in the land. But the reality is that without Kentucky, Duke, Kansas or North Carolina, the travelling crowd is going to be small regardless. So what we will probably be left with is mid-level BCS teams playing against good mid-major teams in games so bad, even Stephen Bardo won't call them. I will still watch, because a bracket is involved. But I am not sure many others will join me.
Category: NCAAB
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