The 2012 Maui Invitational Hosted by Chaminade University today announced the eight teams that will battle at Maui's famed Lahaina Civic Center in the Championship Round of the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, USC and host Chaminade University are the scheduled teams for the 29th edition of the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament.
The four Division I teams that will participate in the 2012 Opening and Regional Games, which is part of the Tournament's expansion beginning this year, will be announced at a later date.
"The 2012 field exemplifies the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational's commitment to bringing the nation's top teams to the island of Maui," EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tournament Chairman David Odom said. "With legendary basketball programs, led by some of American's most notable and proven coaches, as well as dedicated fan bases coming to Maui in 2012, we are looking forward to another exciting, fun-filled and competitive week of Basketball in Paradise."
Does anybody know if they have a certain system of picking teams for the tournament?
Basically they invite teams a couple years ahead of time that should be good, but obviously they like to bring in big name teams. However a team can only participate once every 3 or 4 years, not sure how many.