UCLA to Play in 2023 Maui Jim Maui Invitational
The UCLA men's basketball program will compete alongside Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee and Chaminade from Nov. 20-22, 2023, in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
The Bruins will be making their seventh appearance at the eight-team tournament in 2023 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. The tournament format includes three games for each team, with pairings and a complete bracket for the tournament to be released at a later date.
Most recently, UCLA participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Nov. 2019, during head coach Mick Cronin's first season in Westwood. Prior to that appearance, the Bruins played in the event in Nov. 2015 and Nov. 2011 and won the tournament title in Nov. 2006. UCLA's two previous trips to play in the tournament in Maui occurred in Nov. 1995 and Nov. 2001.
Teams that have participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational throughout the event's history own 70 of the 82 NCAA championships, and seven of those 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 2023 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be available at a later date.
About the Other Seven Teams in the 2023 Maui Jim Maui Invitational
The Bruins have faced Gonzaga seven times in the all-time series between the two schools, but never before in Maui. Most recently, UCLA competed against Gonzaga in Nov. 2021 and in April 2021 (at the Final Four). Gonzaga concluded the 2021-22 season with a 28-4 overall record and appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
UCLA has faced off against Kansas in 18 previous matchups, with the two most recent meetings having taken place in Nov. 2011 and Nov. 2015 at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Kansas won the 2022 NCAA Championship on Monday evening, defeating North Carolina, and concluded the season with a 34-6 overall record.
The Bruins completed a home-and-home series against Marquette earlier this season. UCLA won meetings against Marquette in Los Angeles in Dec. 2020 and in Milwaukee in Dec. 2021. In all, the Bruins have gone 4-0 against Marquette and have never faced the Golden Eagles in Maui. Marquette concluded the 2021-22 season with a 19-13 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament's first round.
UCLA has not faced Purdue since Dec. 2000, but the two schools have played against each other 13 times. The Bruins have never matched up against Purdue in the Maui Invitational. Most recently, Purdue registered a 29-8 overall record in 2021-22 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
The Bruins have taken on Syracuse twice – in Feb. 1998 and Feb. 1999 (home-and-home series). Syracuse concluded their 2021-22 campaign with a 16-17 overall record.
UCLA defeated Tennessee in Atlanta, 103-89, in the only prior matchup on Jan. 30, 1976. Most recently, Tennessee compiled a 27-8 record in 2021-22, advancing to the NCAA Tournament's second round.
The Bruins have won their three previous meetings against the Chaminade Silverswords, with all three matchups having occurred at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational – in 2006, 2011 and 2019. Chaminade concluded the 2021-22 season with a 9-18 record (NCAA Division II), finishing as the No. 8 seed in the year-end PacWest Men's Basketball Tournament.