Field includes five top 15 teams from '05

Updated: July 13, 2005, 1:53 PM ET
Associated Press

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- A matchup between Arizona and Kansas highlights the first-round pairings for the EA Sports Maui Invitational, which has five schools in its eight-team field that were ranked in the top 15 of the final poll last season.

The other game in the lower half of the bracket, which was released Wednesday, has Connecticut against Arkansas.

The other bracket has Gonzaga against Maryland and Michigan State facing Chaminade, the Division II host of the tournament that starts Nov. 21 at the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center. The semifinals are Nov. 22 and the championship game is Nov. 23.

Arizona, at No. 9, was the highest of the five ranked teams with Gonzaga (10), Kansas (12), Connecticut (13) and Michigan State (15) the others.

All five were in the NCAA Tournament last season, with Michigan State reaching the Final Four and Arizona falling one game short.

Michigan State (1991), Kansas (1996) and Arizona (2000) are all former Maui Invitational champions.

All 12 games in the tournament will be televised live on one of the ESPN networks.

Chaminade has a 4-57 record in the previous 21 tournaments.


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