Chaminade out of Maui Invitational in 2018, beyond
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Chaminade out of Maui Invitational in 2018, beyond

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    Chaminade’s DeAndre Haskins, center, celebrates with teammates after their 86-73 win over Texas in an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Lahaina, Hawaii.

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Chaminade University, the longtime host school of the Maui Invitational basketball tournament, will no longer be an annual participant at the Lahaina Civic Center beginning in 2018.

The Division II Silverswords will play in the storied eight-team event only in alternating years — 2019, 2021, and on — breaking with tradition that dates back to the 1980s.

In a news release, the tournament touted the 2018 eight-team field as the strongest in the event’s 35-year history.

The teams coming that year are Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Illinois, Iowa State, San Diego State and Xavier.

In seasons Chaminade is not a Maui participant, it will play in “opening round” games on the mainland instead. In recent years, small-conference Division I teams have matched up with Maui participants in such mainland tune-up games before the main event. But even if one of the underdog teams were to spring an upset, they would not advance to the ESPN-televised “championship” round in Lahaina.

“This new arrangement expands the reach of Chaminade University, the men’s basketball team and our student-athletes,” said Chaminade president Brother Bernard Ploeger in the release. “Our players will have increased exposure competing on the mainland in some of college basketball’s largest arenas and our coaching staff will have an opportunity to extend their recruiting presence, thus amplifying the visibility of the University and our brand.”

The Silverswords’ upset of top-ranked Virginia in 1982 spurred the creation of what is now the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Silverswords upset a handful of teams in the years since, most recently Texas in 2012.

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