Notre Dame draws Chaminade in Maui Invitational

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey smiles and points to players after a big basket late the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against visiting Georgia Tech last February. The Irish drew host Chaminade in the opening round of the Maui Classic on Nov. 20 in Hawaii.

NOTRE DAME — The Notre Dame men's basketball team will play Division II Chaminade in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 20 in Maui, Hawaii.

But that's not necessarily a walkover.

Not only were the host Silverswords 18-11 last season, but they've also posted big upsets in the tournament several times in the past, including a memorable one over Ralph Sampson and No. 1 Virginia in 1982. Chaminade also has beaten ranked teams from Louisville ('82 and '83), SMU ('84), Providence ('91) and Texas (2012) on their way to a 7-78 record in the event overall.

The Fighting Irish and Silverswords will face off at 9 p.m. on Nov. 20, the third game of the day. The survivor will face the winner of the Michigan-LSU game in the tournament semifinals the next day, with the title game on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Wichita State plays California and VCU battles Marquette on the other side of the bracket.

Notre Dame, which will have played three regular season games and two exhibitions before the start of the tournament, was the runner-up in the 2008 Maui Classic, beating Indiana and Texas, before losing to North Carolina in the title game.

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