Georgia Bulldogs to play in 2019 Maui Invitational
The Georgia Bulldogs will play in the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Hawaii during Thanksgiving week, the school announced on Tuesday.
Georgia is one of eight teams in the tournament field, which also features four teams that made the NCAA Tournament in 2018. The other teams are BYU, Dayton, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and tournament host Chaminade.
The tournament is set for Monday, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii.
“I think any time you have an opportunity to play in the Maui Invitational it’s a great honor for your program,” UGA head coach Tom Crean said. “It will be exciting to take our Georgia program there and to have our fans in the Bulldog Nation be part of such a special event. Any time you’re in Maui, you know you are going to be severely tested three straight days. It’s an incredible opportunity for your team.”
“What you learn right away is that you’ve got to go in there with mid-season to late-season toughness, execution, perseverance and energy because that’s what everybody else has,” Crean said. “The atmosphere is second to none when it comes to the way the tournament is run, whether it’s the music, whether it’s the public address announcer or whether it’s the way the fans treat you. It prepares your team for so many things that you will see throughout the season. It is an absolute marathon inside of three days to see where your team can go.”
Last week, we learned that the Georgia Bulldogs will play in the 2018 Cayman Islands Classic. That tournament is set for Monday, Nov. 19 through Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 and also includes Clemson, Creighton, St. Bonaventure, Illinois State, Boise State, Akron, and one team to be announced.
From the UGA release:
Fans can immediately begin planning to catch all the action at the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Log on to mauiinvitational.com/2019travel for details on travel package information or visit mauiinvitational.com/2019info and register to receive email alerts from the Tournament.
While this will be the Bulldogs’ first trip to Maui, Georgia has traveled to Hawaii on four previous occasions. The Bulldogs competed in tournaments in Honolulu in 1987, 1996, 2001 and 2007. Georgia compiled a 7-5 record in those events and won the 1996 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.
This will be Crean’s third time coaching in the Maui Invitational. He took Indiana to the island in 2015 and led Marquette to a runner-up finish in 2007.