According to a tweet from college basketball news breaking robot Jon Rothstein, the Wisconsin Badgers will be heading to Hawaii next season to play in the 38th edition of the Maui Invitational.
Rothstein notes that Oregon, Texas A&M, Butler, Notre Dame, Houston, St. Mary’s and host Chaminade will be the other teams in the popular non-conference tournament. While this team list doesn’t include any traditional blue-bloods, it is still a great opportunity for the Badgers to notch some quality wins in a tropical environment.
Sources: Wisconsin, Oregon, Texas A&M, Butler, Notre Dame, Houston, Saint Mary's, and Chaminade will headline the 2021 Maui Invitational.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 7, 2020
The Badgers last journeyed to Hawaii in 2016, where they beat Tennessee and Georgetown before falling to No. 4 UNC in the finals. Ethan Happ was named to the all-tournament team and Vitto Brown led Wisconsin in scoring against the Tar Heels with 15 points. Wisconsin also played in the 2009 edition, beating Arizona, losing to eventual champ Gonzaga and then beating No. 22 Maryland in the third place game.
Wisconsin will be looking to erase their non-conference tournament memories from this past season after they played in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn and lost to Richmond and New Mexico.
Wisconsin will also be participating in the third annual Ft. Myers Tip-off at the end of November with Colorado, USF and Butler, so Badgers fans will have multiple chances to see the team play in warm, sunny weather this upcoming season.