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2022 Maui Invitational: Bracket, live stream, start times, TV schedule, channel, teams

The biggest prize of the early-season college basketball tournaments will feature eight terrific programs in 2022.

Arizona Wildcats guard Kerr Kriisa and forward Azuolas Tubelis during Pac-12 Media Day at Pac-12 Network Studios. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest prize of the early-season college basketball slate is the 2022 Maui Invitational, which moves back to the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawai’i after being relocated to Las Vegas last year due to COVID-19. Plenty of incoming NCAA Tournament teams are a part of the eight-team field, and the finally air conditioned gym returns as the holiday home of hoops once again

The No. 21 Texas Tech Red Raiders take on No. 10 Creighton Bluejays in the lid lifter, with both teams undefeated so far. TTU’s Kevin Obanor is still in college, and had 15 points and eight rebounds in their win over Louisiana Tech last Monday. Creighton brings in both a Top 30 offense and defense via KenPom, and has only allowed 11 free throws per 100 field goal attempts so far, the best rate in the country during their 4-0 start.

In the night cap, the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats will face the Cincinnati Bearcats, as U of A returns two stars from last year’s Pac-12 Champions in Kerr Kriisa and Azuolas Tubelis. While Bennedict Mathurin is already in the NBA, these two should provide plenty of firepower for the team with the fastest pace in all of college basketball so far this season (77.5 possessions per game).

UC lost at Northern Kentucky 64-51 on Wednesday, and fifth year senior David DeJulius is another one of those “how’s he still in college” players that will be asked to guide a younger team.

This is a single-elimination tournament, and losing teams will continue to play each other via consolation brackets for third-to-eighth place.

How to watch

TV: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Live online stream: WatchESPN

Bracket, schedule, results

Quarterfinals: Monday, November 21

Game 1: Creighton Bluejays 76, Texas Tech Red Raiders 65
Game 2: Arkansas Razorbacks 80, Louisville Cardinals 54
Game 3: San Diego State Aztecs. 88, Ohio State Buckeyes 77
Game 4: Arizona Wildcats 101, Cincinnati Bearcats 93

Semifinals: Tuesday, November 22

Game 5: Texas Tech 70, Louisville 38
Game 6: Ohio State 81, Cincinnati 53
Game 7: Creighton 90, Arkansas 87
Game 8: Arizona 87, San Diego State 70

Finals: Wednesday, November 23

Game 9: (Third Place) Ohio State 80, Texas Tech 73
Game 10 (Championship): Arizona 81, Creighton 79
Game 11: (Seventh Place) Cincinnati 82, Louisville 61
Game 12: (Fifth Place) Arkansas and 78, San Diego State 74 (OT)

All times ET