No. 7 Tennessee and Syracuse open the Maui Invitational on Monday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time start on ESPN2 at the Stan Sherriff Center in Honolulu. It’s the first of three games for the Vols in a loaded eight-team Maui bracket.
Three of the top four teams in the Associated Press Top 25 and five of the top 11 are in the Maui field. The Vols (3-0) will face either No. 2 Purdue or No. 11 Gonzaga on Tuesday, at either 2:30 p.m. ET or 8 p.m. ET. The championship game and consolation games will be played on Wednesday.
On the other side of the bracket it’s No. 1 Kansas playing host Chaminade and No. 4 Marquette facing Marquette.
Last November the Vols brought home a tournament title after winning three games in three days at the Battle 4 Atlantis, with wins over Butler, USC and Kansas.
No. 7 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)
A Closer Look: Syracuse
Syracuse, under first-year head coach Adrian Autry, opened the season with wins over New Hampshire (83-72) and Canisius (89-77) before having to come back from down 24 points at home on Tuesday to beat Colgate, 79-75.
Sophomore guard Judah Mintz leads Syracuse at 23.0 points per game. The Orange are No. 120 overall in the KenPom ratings, ranked No. 86 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 170 in defensive efficiency.
“And we know it’s a team that is trying to figure out stuff, too. I think they have a new coach now. They’re trying to put all the pieces together so we know it’s gonna be a battle and, yeah, we’re ready to play them.”