The bracket for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational has been revealed, the final reveal of the 2014 early-season tournament slate.
The action will kick off for the Wildcats in Manhattan with a preliminary game against Missouri-Kansas City on November 17. Television coverage and tipoff is to be determined. UMKC will also take on Missouri on November 13 in Columbia before heading for Little Rock to play in a four-team regional affair where they'll take on Arkansas-Little Rock followed by either Cal State-Northridge or Samford.
Win or lose against UMKC, the Cats will move on to the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui to face the Purdue Boilermakers on Monday, November 24, at 1:30pm CT, aired on ESPN2. Not the most convenient time, but so it goes.
The other game in K-State's half of the bracket will pit Missouri against Arizona at 4pm CT on ESPN2. The evening contests, making up the other half of the bracket, will be Pittsburgh vs Chaminade at 8pm CT on ESPNU, followed by Brigham Young vs San Diego State at 10:30pm CT back on ESPN2.
The second round takes place the following day; if K-State wins, they'll play the Arizona-Missouri winner at 6:30pm CT on ESPN; a loss would mean a 1pm CT game against the Arizona-Missouri loser at 1pm CT on ESPN2. The final rounds take place on Wednesday, November 26, with games tipping at 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, and 9:00pm CT; those games are, respectively, for seventh, fifth, third, and first place. The seventh-place game will air on ESPNU, and the championship game on ESPN; the middle pair will be on ESPN2.
It'll be K-State's third trip to the Maui Invitational, after visiting in 1985 (losing in the championship game to Michigan) and 1998. Purdue is also making its second trip, having been the runner-up in 1999 and participating in 2006. Purdue has two top-100 prospects joining the team this fall in Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards, so this should be a tough matchup.