Lahaina, Hawaii Former Kansas University basketball All-American Danny Manning claimed arguably his biggest win as a head coach on Monday at Lahaina Civic Center, before Kansas cruised to a 123-72 win against Chaminade.
Now in his second season at Wake Forest after two campaigns at Tulsa, Manning’s Demon Deacons defeated No. 13 Indiana, 82-78.
It pushed Wake into today’s semifinals against former KU assistant Kevin Stallings’ Vanderbilt Commodores. Vandy thumped St. John’s 92-55, in another quarterfinal.
Wake bagged the huge victory despite not having starters Codi Miller-McIntyre (foot fracture) and Cornelius Hudson (suspension).
Images from Monday night's game between the Jayhawks and Silverswords during the first-round game of the Maui Invitational.
“Indiana has a talented team. When they get the ball in transition, I think their backcourt is one of the best in the country,” Manning said. “For us, we won our first game. We get to advance on the championship side of the bracket. That’s what this means.”
He added: “Whenever you have an opportunity to come to a tournament like this, basketball-wise it’s always a great experience.
“You are always going to play quality opponents in record fashion — three games in three days. ... This is the second year we’ve been together as a group. We want to build and get better each practice and game.”
Of his team’s rout, Vandy coach Stallings said: “I did not anticipate the final margin would be the way it was. I was just pleased with the way that we approached the game and the way we played. We’re always pretty good about sharing the ball.”
Of what’s ahead, Stallings said: “Three games in three days is a challenge, especially this quality of competition.”
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