Following appearances in 2016 and 2008, the Ducks will again be playing in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational next year.
The last time the Ducks started the season in Hawaii, it was with a loss to Georgetown as Dillon Brooks did not play. He was still recovering from a broken foot. Oregon will return to Hawaii to play in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 2021 with a team that will be looking for an early identity after losing Payton Pritchard to graduation and adding some new faces.
The tournament will welcome the Oregon Ducks along with Butler, Houston, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Texas A&M, and a team that the Ducks have known well from recent NCAA Tournament runs in the Wisconsin Badgers. Chaminade will be the host school. the tournament is set to be played November 22-24th.
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Oregon has faced many of the teams in the tournament in the past. Houston and the Ducks have met several times over the last few seasons, with each team winning on their home floor. Houston is also slated to visit Matthew Knight Arena again during the 2021-22 season. You don’t have to go far to know that the Ducks and the Badgers have solid recent history.
Oregon last saw Wisconsin during their 2019 NCAA Tournament run. It was a win for the Ducks and a big-time defensive effort with the 72-54 upset at the time.
Both Saint Mary’s and Texas A&M have met one time, both before Dana Altman became Head Coach. Saint Mary’s pulled off the win at McArthur Court in the 2009-10 season. Oregon beat Texas A&M in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl Classic in Houston.
Oregon has never faced Butler or Chaminade in their history.
One thing is certain, Head Coach Dana Altman will be looking once again to find some early chemistry with his team. With Pritchard departed, a leader will need to emerge on the offensive end of the floor. Oregon will look to Will Richardson to fill the role as incoming players get up to speed.