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Cyclones head to Maui in 2018

logo_iowa_state_cyclonesAMES, Iowa – The 2018 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will feature eight Division I programs for the first time in its 35-year history and Iowa State will be one of them. The Cyclones will participate in what is expected to be one of the strongest fields in tournament history. Joining the Cyclones in Maui will be Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Illinois, San Diego State and Xavier.

The 2018 appearance marks the second time the Cyclones take the floor in Maui, having last appeared in 1990. The Cyclones went 1-2 that season under Johnny Orr’s guidance, defeating Chaminade and falling to Syracuse and Santa Clara.

The 2018 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be played Nov. 19-21 at Maui’s famed Lahaina Civic Center, where over the past five years 44 participating players have been drafted by the NBA, and 13 teams that started their season in Maui advanced to the Sweet 16 or further into the NCAA Tournament during the same year. All 12 Maui games will be telecast by ESPN networks, with the bracket being announced at a later date.

The 2018 event represents the first time in Tournament history that eight Division I teams take the floor on Maui, a format which will continue in the following alternating years (2018, 2020, 2022 and beyond). Chaminade, which has hosted the Tournament since its founding and produced national headlines following upset wins, will continue to host and compete in the Opening Round on the mainland during those years. For 2019 and the following alternating years, Chaminade will compete in the Championship Round in Maui.

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