Men's Hoops To Face Kentucky In Maui Invitational Opener

Aug. 29, 2002

The 2002 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Hosted By Chaminade University today announced its brackets for the 19th annual college basketball classic, which takes place November 25-27, 2002, at the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui. Arizona State will face Kentucky in the first round of the tournament at 4 p.m. Hawaii time (7 p.m. Arizona time) on Monday, Nov. 25. Television schedules from ESPN will be announced at a later date.

Arizona State head coach Rob Evans and his Ole Miss Rebels battled Kentucky when Evans was the head coach in Oxford, and his last meeting with the Wildcats was a memorable one. Evans and Ole Miss beat seventh-ranked Kentucky on Feb. 14, 1998, ending a 41-game road losing streak to the Wildcats. It was the first win for Ole Miss in Lexington since Feb. 11, 1927. Evans was 2-5 against Kentucky but his teams posted its two wins in the final three games.

ASU is 0-2 against Kentucky, as it lost at Lexington 94-68 on Dec. 14, 1991, and lost to the second-ranked Wildcats 97-73 in the 1995 Sweet Sixteen in Birmingham.

Game one boasts a 20th anniversary rematch of what many experts call the greatest upset in the history of college basketball, when a small, little known Division II Hawaii school named Chaminade beat then top-ranked Virginia, led by three-time college MVP, Ralph Sampson. The winner/loser of this rematch will face the winner/loser of the Arizona State/Kentucky contest.

In the other bracket, Game Two has the University of Massachusetts tipping off against the 2002 NCAA Runner-Up and five-time NCAA champion Indiana Hoosiers. The winner of that contest faces the winner of game four, a battle between two perennial NCAA Tournament competitors, Gonzaga, seeking its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, and the University of Utah and head coach Rick Majerus.

The first round schedule, to be played Monday, November 25, is as follows:Game 1 - Chaminade vs. Virginia (9 a.m. local time/2 p.m. EST)Game 2 - Massachusetts vs. Indiana (12 p.m./5 p.m.)Game 3 - Arizona State vs. Kentucky (4 p.m./9 p.m.)Game 4 - Utah vs. Gonzaga (6:30 p.m./11:30 p.m.)

Second round games on Tuesday, November 26, are as follows:Consolation Game 5 - Loser 1 vs. Loser 3 (9 a.m./2 p.m.)Consolation Game 6 - Loser 2 vs. Loser 4 (11 a.m./4 p.m.)Semifinal Game 7 - Winner 1 vs. Winner 3 (2 p.m./7 p.m.)Semifinal Game 8 - Winner 2 vs. Winner 4 (4:30 p.m./9:30 p.m.)

Final round games on Wednesday, November 27, will feature:Consolation Game 9 (5th place) - Winner 5 vs. Winner 6 (9 a.m./2 p.m.)Consolation Game 10 (3rd place) - Loser 7 vs. Loser 8 (11:30 a.m./4:30 p.m.)Consolation Game 11 (7th place) - Loser 5 vs. Loser 6 (2 p.m./7 p.m.)Championship Game 12 - Winner 7 vs. Winner 8 (4:30 p.m./9:30 p.m.)

Note: Maui Invitational game times are three hours behind Arizona in November. For example, Arizona State plays at 4 p.m. Hawaii Time/7 p.m MST/9 p.m. ET in its first game.

Up-to-the-minute 2002 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational schedule, ticket, merchandise and general information is available at the official tournament website at www.mauiinvitational.com, or by calling 808.667.DUNK (3865).

'We're thrilled to have a terrific line-up of teams representing a cross-section of the nation's leading conferences,' said Tournament Chairman Wayne Duke. 'We're extremely proud of our history as one of college basketball's most respected early season tournaments, and we look forward to the upcoming 19th EA SPORTS Maui Invitational continuing a great tradition.'

The 2002 Tournament will also be the first major college basketball tournament to provide real-time coverage of every game via the Internet, provided by GET-THE-GAME at www.mauiinvitational.com.

Corporate sponsors of the 2002 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, operated byKemperLesnik Communications, include EA Sports, Yahoo.com, Delta Airlines,and the following host hotels: Sheraton Maui, Westin Maui and the KapaluaBay Hotel.

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