They may not share a conference anymore, but it was just a matter of time before the Missouri Tigers and Kansas State Wildcats would cross paths again. After the field for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational was revealed on Tuesday we can all go ahead and circle November 24th through the 26th on our calendars as a showdown between the two programs seems likely.
Joining Missouri and K-State in Maui two years hence will be the Purdue Boilermakers, Pittsburgh Panthers, Arizona Wildcats, BYU Cougars, San Diego State Aztecs and the ever gracious host – Chaminade Silverswords.
For the Tigers it will be the fourth time participating in the event which dates back to 1984. They were a part of the field in 1997, 1989 and 1986 and hold a 6-3 record in those three appearances. The 1989 team walked away as the event champion and Doug Smith was named the tournament’s MVP that year.
Kansas State has been a part of the field on two previous occasions – 1998 and 1985 – and holds a 2-3 record while in Maui.
Last night Brandon Paul led the Illinois Fighting Illini to the 2012 Maui Invitational crown with a 78-61 win over the Butler Bulldogs. The final didn’t wind up being much of a game but the quarterfinals gave us a fantastic 72-71 game between Butler and Marquette and Chaminade’s improbable 86-73 beatdown of the Texas Longhorns. In another surprise, Butler would go on to dominate and upend #9 North Carolina in the semifinals 82-71.
Of course between 2012 and 2014 sits the 2013 field which will have Big 12 representation thanks to the Baylor Bears. Next year’s field will also include Arkansas, California, Dayton, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Syracuse and Chaminade.