Around Thanksgiving, Hawaii will be Wildcat country. It was announced earlier this week that the Arizona men’s basketball team would open the 2014 Maui Invitational against Missouri at 3 p.m. MST on Nov. 24.
The victor of the contest will go on to face either Purdue or Kansas State on Nov 25 at 5:30 p.m., with the championship game occurring Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. All contests will be broadcast among the ESPN family of networks.
Maui Invitational chairman Dave Odom praised the Wildcats, saying they are a ‘very skilled’ team with a great young coach who understands the value of a preseason tournament like the invitational.
“The fact is that Arizona comes in as the marquee entry this year, there’s no question about that,” said Odom, the former coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina. “They accomplished so much last year and were it not for an injury, they’d have a chance to go another round or two. When you look at the field going into the season they’re going to be top-five, or one two or three. They’ve got veteran players coming back.