Dayton to play in 2019 Maui Invitational
MAUI, Hawaii – Continuing their commitment to enhancing the non-conference schedule and increasing national exposure, the University of Dayton Flyers were announced as a part of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational eight-team field.
The Maui Jim Maui Invitational field showcases a collection of programs that boasts a combined 190 NCAA Tournament appearances, 44 Final Four berths and an incredible 18 national championships.
Dayton will be joined by BYU, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and host Chaminade for the 36th annual Tournament, which will be contested Nov. 25-27 at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.
"The Maui Jim Maui Invitational has earned a reputation for showcasing powerhouse teams year over year, and we are thrilled to continue that tradition in 2019," said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom. "The Lahaina Civic Center will host some of college basketball's best programs, coaches and players when these eight teams converge in Maui."
The Flyers will make their fourth Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance. Dayton previously played in 2000, 2003 and 2013.
Dayton is 7-2 in its previous appearances at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. In 2000, UD placed in third after upsetting No. 12 UConn and No. 6 Maryland. In 2003, the Flyers won the tournament title after knocking off Central Michigan, San Diego State and Hawai'i. The Flyers placed in third again in 2013 with victories over No. 12 Gonzaga and Cal.
The 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be the 12th consecutive exempt tournament for the Flyers. UD will also play in the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.
Since the inception of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 1984, 124 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event. Teams that have participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational throughout the event's history own 68 of the 79 NCAA Division I Basketball Championships. Six schools have gone on to win the National Championship after competing in Maui earlier in the season.