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Michigan State to Play Virginia Tech in Maui Invitational First Round

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jul 11, 2019

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will play Virginia Tech in the first round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 25. Matchups for the annual Thanksgiving week tournament were announced on Thursday morning.

The game will air live from the Lahaina Civic Center on ESPN2 at noon Hawaii time (5 p.m. ET).

The winner of the Virginia Tech-Michigan State game will play the winner of a game between Dayton and Georgia on Tuesday, Nov. 26 on ESPN (3 p.m./8 p.m. ET). Games on the other side of the bracket include Kansas against Chaminade and UCLA against Brigham Young.

The championship game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 27, airing live on ESPN (noon/5 p.m. ET).

This will be just the second ever meeting between Michigan State and Virginia Tech. The Spartans beat the Hokies, 96-77, in a semifinal of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 23, 2013.

The Spartans have a 1-0 record all-time against Georgia and a 2-0 mark against Dayton. MSU beat Georgia, 70-63, in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and last played Dayton on Dec. 19, 1992, a 65-60 win at home.

This will be Michigan State's fifth time participating in the Maui Invitational (1991, 1995, 2005, 2010). The Spartans captured the championship in their inaugural trip in 1991, defeating Lamar, Rice and No. 2 Arkansas in the championship game, 86-71. Redshirt freshman Shawn Respert averaged 19.0 points, while Mark Montgomery averaged 7.3 assists.

Tom Izzo made his head coaching debut at the 1995 Maui Invitational, defeating Chaminade, before falling to North Carolina and Santa Clara. In the 2005 tournament, MSU defeated Chaminade before falling to Gonzaga in one of the greatest games in the history of the Maui Invitational, losing 109-106 in triple overtime. Maurice Ager scored 36 points, including 27 in the last 7:09 of regulation and the overtime periods. MSU bounced back the next day with a 74-71 overtime win vs. Arizona. Ager earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, averaging 26.3 points in three games.

In 2010, the Spartans finished in third place, beating Chaminade in the opening round (82-74), losing to UConn in the semifinals (70-67) and beating Washington (76-71). Kailin Lucas was named to the all-tournament team, averaging a team-best 22.3 points per game.

The 2019 field boasts a combined 196 NCAA Tournament appearances, 44 Final Four berths and 16 national championships.

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