MAUI, Hawaii, Nov. 14, 2012 – Celebrating its 29th year as the nation’s premier early-season men’s college basketball tournament, the EA SPORTSTM Maui Invitational® today announced that all four 2012 Regional Games will be held at Elon University and video streamed online for free via UStream.
REGIONAL GAMES: For the second round of the Tournament, the four Mainland Teams (participating in the Opening and Regional Games include Colgate, Coppin State, Elon and Florida Atlantic) will play in a two-day, four-game event. Elon University in Elon, N.C., will be the site for the 2012 Regional Games. The first game will take place between Colgate and Elon on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. EST in Alumni Gym. All games will be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/elon-phoenix-athletics.
REGIONAL GAMES – Nov. 17-18
Game Matchup Date Time (EST) Game 1 Colgate vs. Elon Nov. 17 2:00 PM Game 2 Coppin State vs. Florida Atlantic Nov. 17 4:30 PM Game 3 CSU/FAU vs. Colgate Nov. 18 2:00 PM Game 4 CSU/FAU vs. Elon Nov. 18 4:30 PM
In 2011, the Tournament expanded from eight Division I teams to 12. The number of Tournament games also increased from 12 games, played on the Island of Maui, to 23 games, which include 11 games played on the U.S. mainland. The expanded Tournament format is played in three parts: Opening Games, Regional Games and the Championship Round.
OPENING GAMES: Prior to traveling to Maui for the Championship Round, seven Island Teams – Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas and USC — hosted one home game against one Mainland Team – Colgate, Coppin State, Elon and Florida Atlantic. These games were played at the Island Teams’ home arenas.
Island Team Mainland Team Date Time (EST) 75 Illinois 55 Colgate Nov. 9 8:00 PM Box Score 87 USC 73 Coppin State Nov. 9 11:00 PM Box Score 74 Butler 59 Elon Nov. 10 2:00 PM Box Score 80 North Carolina 56 Florida Atlantic Nov. 11 2:30 PM Box Score 84 Marquette 63 Colgate Nov. 11 4:30 PM Box Score 69 Texas 46 Coppin State Nov. 12 8:00 PM Box Score 78 Mississippi State 58 Florida Atlantic Nov. 13 8:00 PM Box Score
About EA SPORTS
EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world and 2012 marks its twelfth year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational. With top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences, EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA JAM, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.
About Tournament Sponsors
Other tournament sponsors include the Maui Visitors Bureau, County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, adidas, Geico, Hawaiian Airlines and Progressive. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Westin Maui Resort & Spa, all located in the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Resort area, serve as host hotels.
About Elon University
Elon University, founded in 1889, is a NCAA Division I member of the Southern Conference. The Phoenix sponsors 17 varsity athletic teams.
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