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Kansas part of 2015 Maui Classic field

If you passed on taking a Thanksgiving trip to the Bahamas to watch the Kansas basketball team compete in a tournament and are regretting that decision, start planning now to work on the tan two Novembers from now.

Kansas is one of eight schools that will participate in the championship round of the 2015 Maui Classic, played in the cozy Lahaina Civic Center. The rest of the field, announced by the tournament Monday: Chaminade, the host school of the event since 1984, Indiana, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

KU last participated in the tourney in 2011, when it lost to Duke in the title game, 68-61. Other than Div. II host Chaminade, schools are only allowed to participate in the Maui Classic once in a four-year span.

The Jayhawks won the Maui Classic in 1996, defeating Virginia, 80-63, in the title game. Raef LaFrentz was named MVP.

KU is the favorite in the “Battle 4 Atlantis” tournament that starts Thanksgiving Day and runs through Saturday. KU’s first game, vs. Wake Forest on Thanksgiving, is scheduled to tip off at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Iowa, 23rd in the Associated Press poll, is the only other Top 25 team in the field. Three schools appear in “others receiving votes,” listed under the poll: 35. Villanova, 36. Xavier, 39 (tie). Tennessee.

Comments

Len Shaffer 1 year ago

"Kansas is one of eight schools that will participate in the championship round of the 2015 Maui Classic ..."

Is there another round that's NOT a "championship round?"

Aaron Paisley 1 year ago

There's mainland games that officially part of the Maui, but if KU lost it wouldn't affect KU playing in Hawaii. A lot of tournaments have a similar set up. I believe the Towson game was officially part of the Battle 4 Atlantis, but if KU had lost that one, they still were going to the Bahamas and not Towson.

Joshua Ames 1 year ago

More than likely where we always go in the off year for traveling tournaments. CBE Classic in KC.

Aaron Paisley 1 year ago

KU was in the CBE last year, so they won't be in it again until at least 2016. I think KSU is going to be in that next year. They seem to have a rotation of KU, Missouri, WSU, and KSU to get a local team in the tournament each year. Next year, KU is playing in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando and right now, Michigan St., Marquette, Xavier, Iona, and 3 more TBD teams are in the field.

Suzi Marshall 12 months ago

Although I was at Kansas with Bud Stallworth, we first met him at the Spats Nightclub in the Maui Hyatt. He still hot a kick out of his last game against Missouri and tossing out the fresby when introduced. We will be there for sure and look forward to a big Kansas turnout.

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