MAUI BRACKET | GAME NOTES
MAUI, Hawaii – After picking up a 65-62 win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday, the UConn men’s basketball team prepares for Thanksgiving in Hawaii when it participates in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational this week.
In a stacked field that includes No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 9 Wisconsin, the Huskies (1-2) will have the chance to earn an impact win early in the non-conference schedule.
UConn plays Oklahoma State in the Lahaina Civic Center on Monday night at 9 p.m. (ET), which will be broadcast live on ESPNU and the IMG Radio Network.
A win against the Cowboys would leave a high probability that the Huskies play the Tar Heels on Tuesday, with UNC facing off with host Chaminade on Monday.
UConn will play three games between Monday and Wednesday, regardless of outcome. Times and broadcast information is dependent on the results of the opening round.
Redshirt sophomore Terry Larrier has netted double-digits in each of his first three games as a Husky, leading the team with 16.7 points per game. Sophomore Jalen Adams is adding 11 points per game to the offensive production.
UConn’s defense is yet to allow an opposing team to shoot better than 40-percent from the field this season. The Huskies have also protected the rim, recording 18 blocks to six by opponents.
This is the fourth time the Huskies have played in the Maui Invitational. The last two trips to Maui, in 2005 and 2010, resulted in tournament titles for UConn – including the more recent one with Kemba Walker leading the way.
UConn is 0-1 all-time against Oklahoma State, losing to the Cowboys back on Dec. 18, 1970.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgetown and Chaminade make up the rest of the field in Maui.
Five of these teams have winning records heading into the Maui Invitational – with three holding down top 10 spots in the AP Poll as of Saturday.
Since 1999, all eight teams in the field have combined for six NCAA titles (four by UConn) and 15 Final Four appearances (five by UConn). In all, the field combines for 14 national titles and 40 trips to the Final Four.
The Tar Heels have won the Maui Invitational on three occasions (1999, 2004, and 2008), the most of any team playing in the tournament this season.
BY THE NUMBERS
10: Rebounds by senior Amida Brimah against Loyola Marymount – the first Husky to record double-digit rebounds in a game this season.
50%: Shooting percentage of freshman guard Alterique Gilbert (11-of-22), the highest of any player with at least 20 field goal attempts in the first three game for UConn.