Ohio State Basketball To Participate In 2022 Maui Invitational

By Colin Hass-Hill on April 1, 2021 at 9:12 am
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Ohio State's Maui-bound – in two years.

The Buckeyes announced on Thursday that they will participate in the 2022 Maui Invitational, along with Arkansas, Arizona, Cincinnati, Creighton, Louisville, San Diego State and Texas Tech.

The games will be played on Nov. 21-23 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii. Each team typically plays three games in three days. The bracket with matchups will be set at a later date.

Ohio State has only played in the Maui Invitational three times – 1988, 1993 and 2003 – since it was created in 1984 with a gap of nearly two decades since it last participated. The Buckeyes have never won the invitational.

These early-season tournaments have long been a priority for head coach Chris Holtmann to schedule.

“I do like them, and I think here it's also not a bad thing because football here in the fall, it controls a lot of things,” he said in the fall of 2019. “So it's not a bad idea to take your team away for four, five days or a week and play neutral games in settings like that.”

Ohio State locked into its spot in the 2021 Fort Myers Tip-Off on Wednesday.

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