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Chaminade to face Kansas in Maui basketball tourney

Host Chaminade will play national power Kansas in the Nov. 23 opening round of the 2015 Maui Jim Invitational basketball tournament, it was announced Tuesday.

“We look at it as a challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Silversword coach Eric Bovaird said during a media conference call.  

Other first-round games in the three-day event at the Lahaina Civic Center match Vanderbilt-St. John’s, Indiana-Wake Forest and UCLA-Nevada-Las Vegas. 

Chaminade, an NCAA Division II member, was 12-14 last season while Kansas was 27-9. It will be the Silverswords’ third meeting with the Jayhawks. Kansas won 89-62 in 1987 and 102-54 in 2005. 

The Silverswords have won seven games in the 31-year history of the tournament.

The event will be shown by ESPN.  

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