VCU’s road to the Maui Invitational championship will begin with the Marquette Golden Eagles on Monday, Nov. 20.
The Maui Invitational revealed its complete championship bracket on Tuesday, outlining the Rams’ path through one of the most prestigious early-season tournaments in the country.
With a guarantee of three games in Maui, the Rams will face either Wichita State or California on day two, regardless of their quarterfinal outcome. Notre Dame, Chaminade, LSU, and Michigan make up the rest of the bracket.
For those looking for instant intrigue, a potential Wednesday matchup between VCU and LSU could do the trick. Remember, former VCU coach Will Wade left the Rams during the offseason to take the head coaching job at LSU, leaving Rams fans upset at the apparent betrayal.
While the field figures to give VCU three tough games (unless it draws Chaminade on the final day), it is a bit weaker than in most years. This is because many top Nike-sponsored programs will be participating in the Phil Knight Invitational, a one-time event featuring 16 teams, in honor of the Nike founder’s 80th birthday. Still, VCU will have the chance to play alongside six major conference teams and bolster its early resume.
VCU will also get an on-campus game against a Maui Invitational Mainland team. Not every matchup has been announced yet, but Mount St. Mary’s and North Florida are apparent Mainland teams, as SB Nation bracketologist Chris Dobbertean has discovered.
The full championship bracket can be found below.