It’s official. Kentucky will play in the 2010 Maui Invitational. The tournament made it official on Wednesday by announcing the 2010 field.
As always, there will be rugged competition. Other 2010 teams include Connecticut, Michigan State and Oklahoma.
A return to Hawaii should take some of sting away from Kentucky’s 0-2 start.
Here’s the Maui release:
Connecticut, the 2005 tournament champion, currently ranked No. 2 in the 2008 USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, will return for its third Maui appearance. Kentucky, a seven-time NCAA champion, currently the winningest team in the history of college basketball both in all-time wins and all-time winning percentage, will return to Maui with an 8-4 all-time stat including a trip to the winner’s circle in 1993. Michigan State, the 1991 Maui champion with a 6-3 tournament record, was a part of one of the greatest games in tournament history when, in a 2005 semi-final contest, the Spartans faced off against Gonzaga and Adam Morrison, who holds a tournament record of 43 points from that game. Oklahoma, currently ranked No. 1 in this year’s BIG 12 preseason poll, holds a 5-4 Maui record with its last appearance in 2006. ACC team Virginia returns for its fourth tournament appearance with a 5-3 overall record. The 1982 upset between then-ranked No. 1 Virginia and host school Chaminade University paved the way for the creation of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. 2006 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team, Washington, will make its Maui debut in 2010 along with fellow Maui newcomer Wichita State who last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, when they upset second-seeded Tennessee to reach the Sweet Sixteen.