Another Great Maui Field Guarantees More Top Ten Loses

Nov. 19, 2001

AP Basketball Writer

LAHAINA, Hawaii - For the second straight year the Maui Invitational has three teams ranked in the Top Ten, including the No. 1 team in the nation.

At least two of those three - No. 1 Duke, No. 5 UCLA and No. 7 Kansas - will leave the 50th state with a loss, something that has become familiar for Top Ten teams this November.

Four teams in the preseason Top Ten - No. 2 Maryland, No. 4 Kentucky, No. 6 Florida and No. 10 Saint Joseph's - have already lost a game less than two weeks into the season.

"That's a fact of life," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Sunday, the day before his Blue Devils opened the Maui Invitational against Seton Hall. "When you play tough people you have a chance to lose. It's a chance to get better. You don't come to Maui expecting to go 3-0. You come to Maui expecting to have three very difficult games and to come out getting better."

This is Duke's third trip to Maui and the Blue Devils have left 3-0 each time. They won the eight-team tournament in 1992, also as the No. 1 team in the country and defending national champions, and in 1997, as the preseason No. 3.

Those fields also had highly ranked teams - Duke beat No. 1 Arizona in the 1997 title game - and that's something Krzyzewski sees as a positive.

"Our sport is a great sport because we play each other anywhere, any time, throughout the season and we get better because of it and that's why the NCAA tournament is so good," Krzyzewski said.

Monday's other opening-round matchups have South Carolina against Chaminade, the Division II host school, Kansas against Ball State, and UCLA against Houston.

Kansas and UCLA are in the same bracket, so a title would mean a win over the other in the semifinal and more than likely over Duke in the championship game.

Kansas coach Roy Williams and UCLA's Steve Lavin both said they weren't concerned with other Top Ten teams losing early.

"In college basketball those things are going to happen," Williams said. "There's no reason to focus on that, just on trying to make our team better."

Lavin described the tournament as a "crash course."

"It's a wonderful opportunity to learn about your team in an accelerated atmosphere with three games in three days," he said.

As Krzyzewski, Williams and Lavin played down the early losses by the higher-profile programs, Houston coach Ray McCallum jumped in.

"On the other hand, our guys are saying, `Man, maybe we can pull the upset,"' he said.

Last year's tournament produced some early upsets, with No. 2 Maryland and No. 14 Connecticut losing to Dayton before No. 1 Arizona beat No. 8 Illinois in the title game.

In college basketball, Chaminade is synonymous with upset. In 1982, competing then in the NAIA, the Silverswords knocked off No. 1 Virginia and Ralph Sampson.

First-year South Carolina coach Dave Odom was an assistant to Terry Holland at Virginia then, and he'll have plenty to tell his team before the opening-round game this year.

"The memory of 1982 is indelible and one of the reasons I hadn't been back since," said Odom, the head coach at Wake Forest for 12 seasons who inherited this schedule. "I was tricked into this one."

Of the teams in the field, only Seton Hall has played a game, an 87-79 victory over San Francisco on Friday in coach Louis Orr's debut with the Pirates.

Kansas will be without freshman forward Wayne Simien, its leading scorer in its two exhibition games. He is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday.

UCLA might have freshman point guard Cedric Bozeman for the Houston game. He practiced Saturday for the first time since taking a hard fall and bruising his tailbone in the exhibition opener.

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA