The Maui Invitational opens Monday with Tennessee (3-0) facing Syracuse (3-0) in a 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time start (TV: ESPN2) at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
The Vols are unblemished early on, with exhibition wins on the road at Michigan State and at home against Lenoir-Rhyne, along with regular-season wins over Tennessee Tech, at Wisconsin and Wofford.
The eight-team Maui bracket is loaded with Kansas, Purdue, Marquette, Gonzaga and UCLA, along with Chaminade. In last week’s AP poll, the tournament field included three of the top four teams in the country and five of the top 11.
“I don’t know if you can get (a tournament) better than where the teams are playing right now,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. And all of them are geared up to have a pretty good year.”
Tennessee vs. Syracuse: How To Watch
Start Time: Monday, 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2 (Play-by-play Dan Shulman, Analyst: Jay Bilas, Sideline: Angel Gray)
Radio: WNML-FM 99.1 in Knoxville (Play-by-play Bob Kesling, Analyst: Steve Hamer). The Vol Network radio broadcast can be heard on local affiliates across the state of Tennessee.
Location: Stan Sherriff Center (10,300)
The Line: Vols -12.5
KenPom Projection: Tennessee 79, Syracuse 65 (Vols 90% chance to win)
Maui Invitational Bracket
After Tennessee faces Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Purdue and Gonzaga will start at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The bottom half of the bracket will be played late Monday, with Kansas-Chaminade starting at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and UCLA facing Marquette.
The Tennessee-Syracuse and Purdue Gonzaga winners will play Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The losers matchup at 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN2.
The Kansas-Chaminade and UCLA-Marquette winners play at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday on ESPN, after the losers matchup at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.
The championship game will be played Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN. The third-place game is Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and the fifth-place game will be played at 12 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The seventh-place game will be played Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Tennessee last appeared in the Maui Invitational in 2016, losing in the opening round to Wisconsin and falling to Oregon in overtime a day later. The Vols finished the tournament in seventh after beating Chaminade on the final day at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.