ELON, N.C. – Just four days away from its EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Opening Round matchup with Butler, the Elon University men’s basketball team officially received its Tournament surfboard this morning at College Coffee in Alumni Gym.
The Phoenix heads to Indianapolis this Saturday, Nov. 10, to face two-time national runner-up Butler in the Maui Invitational Opening Games. Following the Opening Games, Elon hosts the Regional Games on Nov. 17-18 in Alumni Gym. The two-day, four-game event will bring Colgate, Coppin State and Florida Atlantic to campus. The Phoenix faces Colgate on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. before taking on either FAU or Coppin State a day later at 4:30 p.m.
The format of the Maui Invitational includes four Mainland Teams in addition to the eight teams bound for Hawaii, called the Island Teams. The Island Teams include Butler, North Carolina, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Texas, USC and host Chaminade. This final stage of the tournament is known as the Championship Round.
Prior to the Championship Round, seven of the eight Island Teams (Chaminade not included) will host Mainland Teams in what are known as the Opening Games. Colgate, Coppin State and Florida Atlantic, along with Elon, comprise the Mainland Teams.
The four Mainland Teams will then travel to Alumni Gym on Nov. 17-18 to take part in the Regional Games.
Elon’s EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Schedule
Nov. 10 – at Butler (Opening Game – Indianapolis, Ind.)
Nov. 17 – vs. Colgate (Regional Game – Elon, N.C.)
Nov. 18 – vs. TBD (Regional Game – Elon, N.C.)
EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Complete Schedule
Nov. 9 – Colgate at Illinois (Assembly Hall – Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 9 – Coppin State at USC (Galen Center – Los Angeles, Calif.)
Nov. 10 – Elon at Butler (Hinkle Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.)
Nov. 11 – Colgate at Marquette (Bradley Center – Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Nov. 11 – Florida Atlantic at North Carolina (Dean Smith Center – Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Nov. 12 – Coppin State at Texas (Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas)
Nov. 13 – Florida Atlantic at Mississippi State (Humphrey Coliseum – Starkville, Miss.)
Regional Games (Alumni Gym – Elon, N.C.)
Nov. 17 – Elon vs. Colgate
Nov. 17 – Florida Atlantic vs. Coppin State
Nov. 18 – Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Nov. 18 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Championship Round (Lahaina Civic Center – Maui, Hawaii)
Nov. 19 – Butler vs. Marquette
Nov. 19 – Mississippi State vs. North Carolina
Nov. 19 – Texas vs. Chaminade
Nov. 19 – USC vs. Illinois