Alabama basketball to compete in 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational
The Alabama men's basketball team will be one of eight teams that will compete in the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the tournament announced Wednesday morning. The event will take place on Nov. 23-25 at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.
In addition to the Crimson Tide, other participants in the 37th annual edition of the event include Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.
"Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational prides itself on bringing the best college basketball talent to the island of Maui," said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom in a release. "2020 is no different, with the Lahaina Civic Center hosting some of the game's most historic programs of all time."
This will mark Alabama's second appearance in the event. The only other showing occurred back in 2008 when UA finished with a 2-1 record, falling to Oregon in the opening round before finishing play with back-to-back wins over Chaminade and Saint Joseph's.
In fact, all eight teams in the 2020 field will be making a return appearance, including four squads from the 2008 field. In addition to Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas were among the eight teams that season.
The 2020 bracket with matchups, times and television information will be released at a later date.
"They did tell me we’re down in Atlantis (in 2019) and then we’re in Maui. But that’s great," head coach Nate Oats said last week. "I’d much rather be there than in Alaska when we played in the Alaska shootout at Buffalo. It was nice but I’d rather be in Maui. So I’m excited about these tournaments."
Fans can immediately begin planning to catch all the action at the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Click here to register to receive email alerts from the Tournament. All-Tournament travel packages and school booster travel packages for the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be announced at a later time.
Alabama will also be one of eight teams that will compete in the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis. The Crimson Tide will make its debut in the event, which will be played in late November of 2019, in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Alabama is amongst a stacked field which includes North Carolina, Oregon, Michigan, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, Iowa State and Southern Miss.
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