Pitt to open Maui Invitational against Chaminade

The Pitt men’s basketball team will open the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 against Chaminade at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU,

The Panthers then will advance the following day to play either the winner or the loser of BYU-San Diego State.

The Panthers will play a third game Nov. 26 against an opponent which won’t be determined until after their first two games are completed.

Possible opponents for Pitt on the other side of the bracket are Arizona, Kansas State, Missouri and Purdue.

Pitt has never faced Chaminade, a Division II school, in men’s basketball but this is the the Panthers’ fourth trip to Hawaii. Pitt played in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu in 1986, 1990 and 1996.

Chaminade is most famous for pulling what many believe to be the greatest upset in college basketball history in December 1982 when the Silverswords, an NAIA program at the time, beat No. 1-ranked Virginia featuring Ralph Sampson, 77-72.

The Panthers will play four games in Hawaii. They square off against Hawaii in a non-conference game Nov. 21 at Wailuku War Memorial Gym in Maui.

Also, the Panthers completed their Bahamas Foreign Tour with a 124-53 victory against the Atlantis All-Stars in Nassau. Cameron Wright had a game-high 22 points in 18 minutes of action for Pitt, which went 4-0 on the tour.

Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1720 and Twitter: @paulzeise First Published August 6, 2014 12:00 AM

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