LSU is one of eight men’s basketball teams that have been chosen to take part in the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational set for Nov. 20-22 in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
Officials revealed Thursday the eight teams that will participate in the Championship Round of the 34th annual Maui Jim Maui Invitational, which is billed as the nation’s premier early-season tournament.
The other seven teams that will join LSU for the tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center are host Chaminade, California, Marquette, Michigan, Notre Dame, VCU and Wichita State.
The 2017 event features six teams that are ranked or are receiving votes in the preseason polls. Five of those teams — including No. 21 LSU — are ranked in the top 25.
Over the last five seasons, the 2017 field has combined for six appearances in the NCAA Elite Eight and three berths in the Final Four.
“Year after year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational showcases the nation’s best players and coaches, and the 2017 field continues that tradition,” tournament chairman Dave Odom said in a news release.
Since the inception of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 1984, 108 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event.
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