BALTIMORE – Coppin State is one of 12 teams selected to participate in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational as the field for the tournament was announced today. The Eagles will travel to Los Angeles to face USC on Nov. 9 in an opening round game.
Coppin State will then travel to Austin, Texas, to face Texas on Nov. 12 in another opening game of the tournament.
Following the opening games, Coppin State will then participate in the regional games at Elon University on Nov. 17-18. The Eagles will face Florida Atlantic on Nov. 17 and play either Colgate or Elon on Nov. 18.
The format of the Maui Invitational includes four Mainland Teams in addition to the eight teams bound for Hawaii, called the Island Teams. The Island Teams will continue with the traditional three-day tournament played at Maui’s Lahaina Civic Center. The Island Teams include Butler, North Carolina, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Texas, USC and host Chaminade. This final stage of the tournament is known as the Championship Round.
Prior to the Championship Round, seven of the eight Island Teams (Chaminade not included) will host Mainland Teams in what are known as the Opening Games. Coppin State, Colgate, Florida Atlantic and Elon comprise the Mainland Teams.
Coppin State becomes the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school to participate in the 28-year history of the tournament.
EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Complete Schedule
Nov. 9 – Colgate at Illinois (Assembly Hall – Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 9 – Coppin State at USC (Galen Center – Los Angeles, Calif.)
Nov. 10 – Elon at Butler (Hinkle Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.)
Nov. 11 – Colgate at Marquette (Bradley Center – Milwaukee, Wis.)
Nov. 11 – Florida Atlantic at North Carolina (Dean Smith Center – Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Nov. 12 – Coppin State at Texas (Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas)
Nov. 13 – Florida Atlantic at Mississippi State (Humphrey Coliseum – Starkville, Miss.)
Regional Games (Alumni Gym – Elon, N.C.)
Nov. 17 – Elon vs. Colgate
Nov. 17 – Florida Atlantic vs. Coppin State
Nov. 18 – Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Nov. 18 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Championship Round (Lahaina Civic Center – Maui, Hawaii)
Nov. 19 – Butler vs. Marquette
Nov. 19 – Mississippi State vs. North Carolina
Nov. 19 – Texas vs. Chaminade
Nov. 19 – USC vs. Illinois