The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Arkansas in the first round of the 2022 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. ET (noon Hawaiian Time) at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii in the second game of the tournament and will be televised by ESPN2.
The eight-team, three-day event will also feature Texas Tech against Creighton at 2:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. Hawaiian Time) on Nov. 21 in Game 1, Ohio State against San Diego State at 9 p.m. ET (4 p.m. HT) in Game 3, and Cincinnati against Arizona at 11:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. HT) in Game 4.
The winners from the Louisville-Arkansas matchup will face the winner of the Texas Tech-Creighton contest on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET (3 p.m. Hawaiian Time), while the losers of those two games will play at 2:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. Hawaiian Time). The Cardinals’ opponents and game time for Nov. 23 will be determined by their advancement. All 12 games of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, and also available on the ESPN App.
Travel packages to join the Cardinals are available at GoCards.com/Maui.
Louisville has a 4-3 advantage in all-time games against Arkansas, which posted a 28-9 record last season and reached the NCAA Elite Eight. The Cardinals have won four of the last five meetings, including a season-opening 96-66 victory over the Razorbacks in the last meeting in the 2009 Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis, Mo. (Nov. 17, 2009).
The first four meetings between the two schools came in NCAA Tournament competition. Arkansas guard U.S. Reed buried a half-court shot to provide the winning margin as the No. 20 Razorbacks knocked the Cardinals out of the 1981 NCAA Midwest Region second round 74-73 (3/14/81). In another tight NCAA finish, U of L forward Scooter McCray tipped in a shot at the buzzer as UofL beat No. 9 Arkansas 65-63 in the 1983 NCAA Mideast Region semifinals (3/24/83).
It will be the Cardinals’ fourth appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and first in 18 years. In its last time as a participant in 2004, UofL lost to Iowa before beating host Chaminade and Stanford. Louisville was also a participant in 1989 and 2000.
Six of this year’s eight programs participated in the 2021-22 NCAA tournament, with Texas Tech and Arizona advancing to the Sweet 16 and Arkansas reaching the Elite Eight. Louisville (39), Arkansas (34), Ohio State (31), and Creighton (23) are in the top 50 nationally for most NCAA Tournament appearances, while Arizona and Cincinnati are also two of the top 12 all-time winningest schools in NCAA victories. Additionally, San Diego State is coming off back-to-back NCAA March Madness selections.
This year’s field also features six teams that will be making a return appearance in Maui while Creighton and Texas Tech will be making their first-ever appearance. Arizona is the only returning program to have earned a Maui Jim Maui Invitational Championship Title, having done so in 2000 and 2014.
Texas Tech vs. Creighton
Series record: Creighton leads 3-1
Last matchup: Nov. 29, 2019 (Creighton 83, Texas Tech 76)
Notes: Both Texas Tech and Creighton will be making their inaugural appearance at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 2022.
Louisville vs. Arkansas
Series Record: Louisville leads4-3
Last Matchup: Nov. 17, 2009 (Louisville 96, Arkansas 66)
Notes: Louisville will be making its fourth appearance at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational following the 1989, 2000 and 2004 Tournaments. The Cardinals rank in the top 10 nationally for all-time NCAA Tournament wins holding 61 victories. This year will be Arkansas’ fourth appearance in the Tournament following the 1991, 2005, 2013 Tournaments. The Hogs have earned 33 NCAA Tournament berths, have advanced to the Elite Eight in back-to-back years, while also owning the 1994 NCAA Championship Title.
San Diego State vs. Ohio State
Series record: San Diego State leads 2-1
Last matchup: Nov 11, 2003 (San Diego State 83, Ohio State 61)
Notes: San Diego State will make its fifth appearance at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational following participation in the 1989, 2003, 2014 and 2018 Tournaments. Ohio State is returning to the Tournament for its fourth appearance, its first since 2003. The Buckeyes also participated in the 1993 and 1988 Tournaments.
Arizona vs. Cincinnati
Series Record: Arizona leads 2-0
Last Matchup: Feb. 11, 1996 (Arizona 79, Cincinnati 76)
Notes: The 2022 Tournament will be the Wildcats’ eighth trip to Maui following their appearances in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2018. Arizona holds a 14-8 record at the Tournament, including Championship Titles in 2000 and 2014. Cincinnati is making its second appearance, having previously appeared in 2009.