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Getting to know: The field for 2019 Maui Invitational

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The setting and backdrop for Sunday morning's coaches press conference at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Maui.

The setting and backdrop for Sunday morning's coaches press conference at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Maui. by Matt Tait

There is nothing quite like a basketball tournament, really at any level.

It will be interesting to see how Kansas handles three games in three days during this year’s Maui Invitational, which begins today. KU will face Chaminade at 8 p.m. tonight in the first round, though the tournament will begin in the early afternoon.

Chaminade, the tournament host, only has nine wins in 91 games in the history of this event. KenPom already gives the Jayhawks a 100% chance to win this game. As a result, it is not worth breaking down KU’s first opponent too much.

That being said, this is a good field for the Jayhawks in their first such trip since 2015, when they won the whole thing. Before the start of 36th Annual Maui Invitational, let’s take a closer look at the entire field to see if KU has a chance to come away with a tournament win just like they did four years ago.

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Bracket for 2019 Maui Invitational.

Bracket for 2019 Maui Invitational. by Contributed photo

2019 Maui Invitational Schedule (All times ET)

Monday, Nov. 25

Game 1: Georgia vs. Dayton | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Game 2: Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State | 5 p.m. | ESPN2

Game 3: Kansas vs. Chaminade | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

Game 4: BYU vs. UCLA | 11:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Game 6: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser | 5 p.m. | ESPNU

Game 7: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (Winner takes 5th place) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN or ESPN2

Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (Winner is champion) | 5 p.m. | ESPN

Game 11: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser (Winner takes 7th place) | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

Game 12: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser (Winner takes 3rd place) | 11:30 p.m. | ESPN2

2019 Maui Invitational Teams

Georgia

Record: 4-0

KenPom ranking: 62nd

One thing team is good at: Offense turnover rate of 14.9% (18th in country)

One thing team is bad at: 3-point defense of 36.3% (262nd)

Best finish in Maui: N/A (First appearance)

Dayton

Record: 3-0

KenPom ranking: 53rd

One thing team is good at: Effective FG% of 62.7 (2nd in nation)

One thing team is bad at: 3-point defense of 42.9% (344th)

Best finish in Maui: 2003 champion

Virginia Tech

Record: 5-0

KenPom ranking: 41st

One thing team is good at: 3-point percentage of 42.2% (11th)

One thing team is bad at: Offensive rebound rate of 25.5% (253rd)

Best finish in Maui: Third in 1985

Michigan State

Record: 3-1

KenPom ranking: No. 1 team in nation

One thing team is good at: 2-point percentage of 57.9 (18th)

One thing team is bad at: Defense turnover rate of 20.7 (131st)

Best finish in Maui: 1991 champion

BYU

Record: 3-2

KenPom ranking: 76th

One thing team is good at: Offense turnover rate of 17.1 (72nd)

One thing team is bad at: Defense block rate of 1.9 (349th)

Best finish in Maui: 1992 runner-up

UCLA

Record: 4-1

KenPom ranking: 104th

One thing team is good at: Offense rebound rate of 36.6 (25th)

One thing team is bad at: 3-point defense of 37.4% (284th)

Best finish in Maui: 2006 champion

Chaminade

Record: 2-0

KenPom ranking: N/A

One thing team is good at: Averaging 29 assists per game

One thing team is bad at: No size, tallest player is 6-foot-8