Why is the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas? Full TV program, parentheses for 2021 NCAA basketball tournament

The Maui Invitational 2021 begins Monday, November 22nd and runs through Wednesday, November 24th. But this year’s tournament ironically does not take place in Maui.

For the second year in a row, Maui will not be hosting the Maui Invitational due to Hawaii’s COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols. This year, Las Vegas will host the tournament at the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

There are eight teams competing in the tournament, which include Butler, Houston, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Mary’s (CA), Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Chaminade. Chaminade is a Division II school that has been playing for the Maui Invitational every year since 2018. From now on, they will participate in the tournament every odd year, also this year. The reigning champion, Texas, and second place, North Carolina, will not participate in this year’s tournament.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Maui Invitational, including a detailed parenthesis and schedule to know how to watch the tournament.

MORE: Watch Maui Invitational Live with FuboTV (7-Day Free Trial)

Why is the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas?

This will be the second year in a row that the Maui Invitational has not taken place in Hawaii due to COVID-19 restrictions. Last year, the tournament was held in North Carolina due to travel restrictions. However, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said North Carolina was not Maui-like enough for the tournament, so this year they chose Las Vegas as the location is closer to Maui than North Carolina.

There are still various travel restrictions in place for travelers heading to Hawaii, and tournament executives said they did not want to worry about the possibility of the tournament being canceled. For example, Hawaii requires a vaccination card and / or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the state. If one or more players were unable to deliver this, it would jeopardize the tournament. You can look at Hawaii’s travel restrictions here.

Maui Invitational Bracket 2021

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Round 1

Game 1: Texas A&M vs. No. 15 Wisconsin
Match 2: Butler vs. Houston
Game 3: Nr. 12 Oregon vs. Chaminade
Game 4: St. Mary’s vs. Notre Dame

Round 2

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 6: Winning Game 1 vs. Winning game 2
Game 7: Winning Game 3 vs. Winning bets 4
Game 8: Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4

Round 3

Third place: Loser Game 6 vs Loser Game 7
Championship: Winning Game 6 vs. Winning games 7
Seventh place: Loser Game Game 5 vs Loser Game 8
Fifth place: Winning game 5 vs. Winning games 8

How to Watch the Maui Invitational 2021

  • Date: 22.-24. November 2021
  • TV channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
  • Livestreams: ESPN App | fuboTV

The Maui Invitational begins Monday, November 22nd and runs through Wednesday, November 24th. Games 1, 2 and 4 on Monday will be shown on ESPN2, while games 3 will be shown on ESPNU. On Tuesday, Game 5 will be on ESPN, while Games 6 and 7 will be on ESPN. Game 8 will be on ESPNU. The championship game on Wednesday will be on ESPN.

Viewers can stream the games on the ESPN app, which requires a cable subscription login. You can also stream all the Maui Invitational games live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Maui Invitational Schedule

Here is a list of the scheduled games along with times and TV channels for each game:

Game Date Match Time (ET) TV channel
1 Nov 22 Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin 14:00 ESPN2
2 Nov 22 Butler vs. Houston 16:30 ESPN2
3 Nov 22 Oregon vs. Chaminade 21:00 ESPNU
4 Nov 22 St. Mary’s vs. Notre Dame 23:30 ESPN2
5 Nov 23 Play 1 loser vs. game 2 loses 14:30 ESPN2
6 Nov 23 Game 1 Winner vs Game 2 Winner 17:00 ESPN
7 Nov 23 Game 3 Winner vs Game 4 Winner 20:00 ESPN
8 Nov 23 Play 3 losers vs. play 4 losers 22:30 ESPNU
9 Nov 24 Play 6 losers vs. play 7 losers (third place) 14:30 ESPN2
10 Nov 24 Winner of Game 6 vs. winner of game 7 (championship) 17:00 ESPN
11 Nov 24 Play 5 losers vs. play 8 losers (seventh place) 21:00 ESPNU
12 Nov 24 Winner of Game 5 vs. winner of game 8 (fifth place) 23:30 ESPN2

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