2012 Maui Invitational Preview and Predictions

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As much as Feast Week is about stuffing your face with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes; it’s also about sweet college basketball tournaments like the Maui Invitational.  This field is not as stacked as a year ago when Duke needed a pair of Tyler Thornton “Onions” three pointers to beat Kansas in the title game.  Nevertheless here are my predictions from a field which includes North Carolina, Texas, Marquette, Illinois, and Butler.

Here is the link to the official 2012 Maui Invitational bracket.

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2011 Maui Invitational Preview and Predictions

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Break out the Hawaiian shirts…  The Maui Invitational always seems to be the cream of the college basketball Thanksgiving tournament crop and this year is no different with five preseason Top 25 teams in the field including three of the top programs of all time; Duke, Kansas, and UCLA.  Last year, it was the coming out party for UConn’s Kemba Walker.  Which player and team will steal the spotlight at the 2011 Maui Invite?  Here is a breakdown and my predictions for how the bracket will unfold.

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College Hoops 101 (11/21/11)

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If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  Every Monday I will look back at the previous week’s action, break down what to expect in the week ahead, and most importantly, update you on the obscene amount of games I have watched.

It’s Feast Week!  Shove your face with some turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing… send your girlfriends/wives out shopping… sit back and enjoy some college basketball preseason tournaments.  None more stacked than the Maui Invitational.

Click here in case you missed my 111 team previews in 111 days to check out the in-depth profiles.

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Marquette, Illinois, Butler in 2012 Maui Invitational

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The Maui Invitational is usually the best Thanksgiving Holiday college basketball tournament every year.  The 2010 field was stacked with teams like eventual National Champion UConn, Kentucky, Washington, and Michigan StateThe 2012 Maui Invitational will also be loaded featuring Marquette, Illinois, and Butler.

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College Hoops 101 (11/29/10)

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If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday and breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days.

By: David Kay
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College Hoops 101 (11-22-10)

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Happy Feast Week!

If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday and breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college hoops.  I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days.  In case you missed it, be sure to check out my first Field of 68 (aka Bracketology) in which I predict the NCAA Tournament brackets.

By: David Kay
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Maui Invitational Preview: Michigan State’s Tourney to Lose

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Break out the Hawaiian shirts…  The Maui Invitational always seems to be the cream of the Thanksgiving tournament crop and this year is no different as three top fifteen teams headline the field including second ranked Michigan State and the once again young, but talented Kentucky Wildcats.

The Invite will expand to 12 teams next season featuring 23 games, 11 of which are played on the mainland.  The 2011 field is more loaded than a frat boy at 2:00 am on Saturday night with Duke, Kansas, Georgetown, Memphis, Tennessee, and UCLA already committed to play.  Here is a breakdown of the 2010 match-ups:

By: David Kay
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99 in 99: #46 Wichita State Shockers

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Despite making the Sweet 16 last season and winning back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference titles, Northern Iowa will not be the favorite this season.  That distinction belongs to Wichita State who only loses one key player from a year ago.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #47-#99.

By: David Kay
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99 in 99: #52 UConn Huskies

Jim Calhoun

2009-2010 was a tough year for UConn.  Head coach Jim Calhoun missed seven games of the season due to medical reasons and despite boasting a very talented roster, the Huskies ended up being one of the most disappointing teams in the country.  Now UConn faces the challenge of avoiding an uncharacteristic back-to-back disappointing seasons.

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days ranks the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors.  It will leading right up to the opening tip of the college hoops season.  Click here if you missed teams #53-#99.

By: David Kay
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