Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

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Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby ncace » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:53 am

UE can be creative about this Maui Mainland tourney, if they have time and the creativity to get out in front of it. Special Hawaiian shirts, a welcome dinner, UE fans "adopt" Chaminade on the night we don't play them, etc. For a team that has added a great, local flavor to the Maui Classic, Chaminade has not been given a fair shake by the Maui organizers, IMHO. The Mainland Tourney is not a priority and the P5 participants have their own non-conf. scheduling ideas. Frankly, they were fortunate to have UE as host this year. As fans, I hope we can make this a festive event for Walter's first 2 "official" games at Ford, since NM Highlands is technically an exhibition. We were also lucky to get Texas Southern, a competitive SWAC team.

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby fg4ster » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:28 am

+10. Walter alone makes this season a priority story for EC&P and local TV. We'll get steady coverage of whatever the school does to make this tournament special. And if we're competitive @Illinois and @Xavier, it'll be a great weekend (regardless of the opponents).

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby NumbersDontLie » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:55 pm

ncace wrote:UE can be creative about this Maui Mainland tourney, if they have time and the creativity to get out in front of it. Special Hawaiian shirts, a welcome dinner, UE fans "adopt" Chaminade on the night we don't play them, etc. For a team that has added a great, local flavor to the Maui Classic, Chaminade has not been given a fair shake by the Maui organizers, IMHO. The Mainland Tourney is not a priority and the P5 participants have their own non-conf. scheduling ideas. Frankly, they were fortunate to have UE as host this year. As fans, I hope we can make this a festive event for Walter's first 2 "official" games at Ford, since NM Highlands is technically an exhibition. We were also lucky to get Texas Southern, a competitive SWAC team.


I like this idea. And according to Google Earth, Chaminade (in Honolulu I think) is 4,280 miles from the Ford Center. So the first 4,280 fans get some kind of giveaway or something like that.

Plus, since that is higher attendance than our averages lately I think it would be a good target to shoot for, and hopefully attainable.

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby Austin Ace » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:55 pm

So it looks like Kentucky Wesleyan is the final team for the Maui Mainland Tournament.

https://gopurpleaces.com/news/2018/9/4/full-mens-basketball-schedule-is-announced.aspx

The final piece of the UE schedule has also fallen into place as the team has finalized its home games in the Maui Mainland. Evansville welcomes Kentucky Wesleyan to the Ford Center on Nov. 15 before facing Texas Southern at home on the 18th of November.

"Due to NCAA granting waivers to many of the Power 5 opening round host teams, the pool of Division I teams willing to participate in the Mainland portion of the event in Evansville was significantly affected," UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer said. "Our staff worked diligently with the Maui Mainland to bring two DI games to the Ford Center, but in the timeframe we were presented with, it was just not feasible for us with the season quickly approaching and teams finalizing their schedules."

"We are thrilled to be able to welcome a regional rival to town in Kentucky Wesleyan while Texas Southern has been to four NCAA Tournaments and an NIT in the last five years."

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby Tom Servo » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:11 pm

Well, it's sort of ironic the final home games Marty Simmons indirectly set us into playing are against a non D1 and a SWAC school.
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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby ncace » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:14 pm

This is the best we could have hoped for given the lack of support from the Maui Classic and the few D1 schools remaining to fill holes in their non-con schedule. KWC will be a nice draw, a great audience to officially welcome Walter to Ford, and an opportunity to bring back some memories. Don't know if Chaminade will be coming here, given the change in opponents, but KWC and Tx. Southern will give fans two decent trips to Ford in 4 days.

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby acecard » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:17 pm

It's rather obvious this is the best we could do under the circumstances. I don't think it is that bad at all. KWC is a decent team, usually, and Texas Southern is probably the best that the SWAC has to offer. Should be a good couple of games to get the Aces playing together as a unit against teams that they should be able to beat.

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby acecard » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:06 pm

Well, according to Pat Hickey, KWC, Texas Southern, and the Aces are it for the Maui Mainland Tourney. No Chaminade. I certainly hope we don't get roped into this kind of crap again in the future. I don't have a real problem with either KWC, or Texas Southern, but if we want to have any chance to get an "at large" to the NCAA's we need to play better teams.

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Re: Maui Mainland Tournament - Nov 17-18

Postby Austin Ace » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:27 pm

From the courierpress article:

https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/college/evansville/2018/09/04/missouri-valley-conference-schedule-revealed-evansville-basketball/1189630002/

The Aces' home-opener will come against Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College on Nov. 15. It will be the tail end of a back-to-back for the Panthers, who host Bellarmine the night before. KWC finished last season 15-16 overall (9-11 G-MAC) and are under the direction of first-year coach Drew Cooper.

Former Bosse High standout Erik Bell is a junior and one of the only returning players on the team. The Panthers added 14 newcomers this offseason amid a coaching change.


Talk about turnover (14 newcomers) and a game Evansville should win (as KWC will be playing the night before).


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