RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The 2020 Maui Invitational is the latest sporting event to be changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament will now be played Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, city officials confirmed.
“We couldn’t be more excited and deeply honored to bring the Maui Jim Maui Invitational here to Asheville,” said Demp Bradford, president of the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission. “Asheville’s ability to host this top-level sporting event is a testament to state and local partnerships built on a track record of welcoming and supporting national, and international, competitive events to Buncombe County.”
The invitational was original scheduled for Nov. 23-25 at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.
Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas, and UNLV make up the field for this year’s tournament.
North Carolina and Indiana are tied for teams with the most Maui Invitational appearances with seven.
The Tar Heels won the tournament in 2016 on the path the the 2017 NCAA Tournament title.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was born in Marion – about 30 miles east of Asheville.
Williams would move to Asheville where he played basketball at T. C. Roberson High School.
His first coaching job was at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain.
Davidson has appeared in the Maui Invitational only one other time – the inaugural 1984 tournament.
Harrah’s Cherokee Center was recently known as the U.S. Cellular Center.
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