Maui Jim Invitational Reveals 2021 Field

May 3, 2020, 12:15 PM HST · Updated May 3, 12:15 PM
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The Maui Jim Maui Invitational recently announced its 2021 field, a collection of programs that boasts a combined 137 NCAA Tournament appearances, 59 Sweet Sixteen berths, and two AP Coach of the Year winners.

Butler, Chaminade, Houston, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Mary’s, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin convene in Maui for the 38th annual Tournament, which will be contested Nov. 22-24 at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

“The Maui Jim Maui Invitational strives to bring the best college basketball teams and talent to the island of Maui year after year,” said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom.

“The 2021 field is no exception, and we are extremely excited to welcome these teams to the Lahaina Civic Center.”

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Four of the eight participating teams finished the 2019-20 season in the AP Top 25 rankings (Oregon, Wisconsin, Houston, Butler). Two of the 2021 participants are ranked in the top 35 all-time winningest schools, including Notre Dame and Oregon. Houston, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin rank in the top 50 programs with the most NCAA Tournament appearances, with 21, 36, and 24, respectively. Oregon, Saint Mary’s, and Wisconsin all rank in the top 20 winningest teams of the last decade.

Seven out of the eight teams in the 2021 field will be making a return appearance in Maui; Saint Mary’s will be making their first-ever appearance. Notre Dame is the only returning program to have earned a Maui Jim Maui Invitational championship title, having done so in their most recent appearance in 2017.

Teams that have participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational throughout the event’s history own 69 of the 81 NCAA championships. Seven schools have gone on to win the national championship after competing in Maui earlier in the season.

All-Tournament travel packages and school Booster travel packages for the 2021 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be available at a later date.

About the 2021 Championship Round Teams

Butler

  • LaVall Jordan enters his fourth season as head coach of his alma mater after posting 20-win campaigns in two of those three seasons
  • Butler welcomes the highest-rated recruiting class in program history in 2020
  • The Bulldogs have earned 16 NCAA Tournament berths, making runs to the national championship game in both 2010 and 2011
  • Butler’s only appearance in Maui came in 2012, when they earned a 2-1 record, falling to Illinois in the Championship game

Chaminade

  • Eric Bovaird has served nine seasons at helm for the Silverswords, during which time he has secured three NCAA West Regional appearances, five trips to the Pacific West Conference Tournament, and a PacWest Tournament title
  • The Silverswords hold some of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, including wins over powerhouses such as California and Texas in Maui
  • Chaminade is the official host of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, appearing in the Tournament from 1984-2017, and in 2019

Houston

  • Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has been named AP Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year, Big Eight Coach of the Year, Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and is the two-time winner of the AAC Coach of the Year
  • The Cougars rank in the top 50 programs in all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, and top 30 in all-time weeks spent at No. 1 in the AP Polls
  • 2021 marks Houston’s second appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, having previously appeared in 2001

Notre Dame

  • Mike Brey completed his 20th season as head coach of the Fighting Irish, and holds an AP Coach of the Year title
  • Notre Dame ranks in the top 35 all-time teams in overall victories
  • The Fighting Irish own 36 NCAA Tournament berths, the tenth-highest of all time
  • Notre Dame has appeared in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational three times (1993, 2008, 2017), and returns to Maui having won the championship in their most recent appearance

Oregon

  • In his ten seasons at the helm, Dana Altman has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year three times, leading the Ducks to five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (2013-17)
  • Oregon holds six NCAA Tournament berths from the 2010 season
  • The Ducks return for their third appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (2008, 2016)

Saint Mary’s

  • Randy Bennett has served 18 years at the helm for the Gaels, securing his title as the school’s men’s basketball all-time wins leader in that time
  • In 2019, the Gaels secured their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years
  • Saint Mary’s ranks in the top 10 winningest programs of the past decade
  • The Gaels will make their first ever Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance in 2021

Texas A&M

  • In just one season at the helm, Buzz Williams was named SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press
  • Following a projected 12th-place conference finish, the Aggies shattered expectations in the 2019-20 season, ending the year at sixth place
  • Texas A&M returns to Maui for just the second time, with their most recent appearance occurring more than 25 years ago in 1994

Wisconsin

  • Head Coach Greg Gard was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2020
  • The Badgers earned their 19th regular season conference championship last year
  • Wisconsin will make its fourth appearance in Maui (1995, 2009, 2016); the team fell to North Carolina in the 2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational championship game

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