History[ edit ] The tournament had its roots in a game that is considered one of the greatest upsets in college history. On December 23, the top-ranked and undefeated University of Virginia made a scheduled trip to Honolulu for a game. Seeiing seeking to play the University of HawaiiVirginia agreed to play Chaminadewhich at the time belonged to the NAIAon the trip instead.
In a game lhaina was not televised and only covered by one sportswriter from outside the local media Michael Wilbon of The Washington Postwho was in Honolulu to cover the University of Maryland 's performance in the inaugural Aloha BowlChaminade defeated the Ralph Sampson -led Virginia squad 77—72 in front of 3, spectators at the Neal S.
Two years later, the Maui Classic was inaugurated with Chaminade reaching the final and losing to Providence. Associated Press college basketball editor Jim O'Connell called the Maui Invitational "the best in-season tournament in the country — the standard by which all others are compared. Beginning with the tournamentthe field includes four additional mainland teams that play the Maui-bound teams at home.
The four mainland teams will then play each other in regional games. The winner from each game will square off in the championship contest, preceded by the consolation game between the losers. In odd-ed ,en, Chaminade will compete in the championship bracket.