The 2018 field of the Maui Invitational was announced Wednesday, and it features some of the top programs in the sport. Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Illinois, Auburn, Xavier and San Diego State will make up the eight-team field for the tournament that will be played Nov. 19-21, 2018, at the Lahaina Civic Center. “Our fields always showcase the best in college basketball,” tournament chairman Dave Odom said in a release, “and 2018 will be as strong as we’ve ever had.” The 2018 edition of the tournament will also be the first that has eight Division I teams as host Chaminade will compete in the open round during even years going forward and in odd years beginning in 2019 in the championship
In the 13-year history of the Rivals rankings, Saint Louis had only landed one top 150 prospect prior to this year. New coach Travis Ford and his staff have now pulled in three in barely three months. In August, they outdueled Illinois for wing Jordan Goodwin, an Illinois native rated the No. 56 prospect in the 2017 class.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Rihanna headlined the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia last month, and some of the national champion Villanova Wildcats wanted to go. The Wildcat who runs this town tonight – and maybe forever – just felt like staying home. Kris Jenkins needed a break from the fans who know him as Big Smooth. He just needed peace. Could it be, Jenkins bigger than Jay Z? “In this town,” teammate Josh Hart said, laughing, “definitely.” Hart made the show and bumped into fans who suddenly recognized the Wildcats, not just because they were the big men on the Main Line campus, but because of their increased visibility as the reigning NCAA national champions. Hart can’t blame Jenkins