Notre Dame headed to Maui for hoops in 2017


Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Tentative plans for an overdue trip to paradise were finalized Thursday for the Notre Dame men's basketball team.

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational, long considered the premier early-season college basketball tournament, announced that its 2017 field will include Notre Dame.

The 34th-annual tournament will be held Nov. 20-22 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.

Also in the 2017 field are hosts Chaminade, California, LSU, Marquette, Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth and Wichita State.

Notre Dame last played in Maui in 2008 when it lost in the tournament championship game to eventual national champion North Carolina.

Teams are allowed to return to early-season conference tournaments every four years. The Irish had planned to return to the island before 2017 but the musical chairs of conference realignment - Notre Dame moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013 - kept pushing the Irish return date back and back and back. Conferences can be represented by only one team every year.

Notre Dame is 3-3 lifetime in Maui. Prior to going 2-1 with wins over Indiana and Texas in 2008, it went 1-2 in 1003.

Notre Dame will participate this month in the AdvoCare Invitational on the grounds of Walt Disney World, where it won the 2010 tournament championship. The Irish are tentatively set to participate in the two-game Legends Classic (Nov. 21-22) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The ACC tournament also moves to Barclays Center in 2017.

Notre Dame men's basketball is headed back to Hawaii for the first time since 2008 when it appears in the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational.AP Photo/LUCY PEMONI