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Maui opens with UW-U.Va. & 3 other games

A quick look at the first day of the Maui Invitational:

VIRGINIA (2-1) VS. NO. 17 WASHINGTON (2-0)9 p.m., Lahaina Civic Center; Maui, Hawaii.TV: ESPN2. Radio: 950-AMSeries: Virginia won the only previous meeting, 65-61, in the San Diego’s Cabrillo Classic on Dec. 29, 1983.Statistical leaders: For U.Va. – Mike Scott, 15 ppg and 7 rpg; Jontel Evans, 4.3 apg. For UW – Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 21 ppg and 11.5 rpg; Venoy Overton, 7 apg. Scouting report: The Cavaliers opened the season with wins over William & Mary and USC Upstate. However, they lost at Stanford, 81-60, on Thursday. … Virginia is coached by Tony Bennett, who led Washington State from 2006-2009. His Cougars went 69-3 overall and 5-2 vs. UW. … This is Washington’s first appearance in the Maui Invitational, Virgina’s fourth. The Cavs’ most-recent appearance came in 2002, when they were runners up. … Overton remained slowed by a tailbone injury during practice Saturday; however UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he expects him to be available today.Other games today: noon, Wichita State-Connecticut, ESPN2; 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma-Kentucky, ESPN2: 6:30 p.m., Michigan State-Chaminade, ESPNU.Next: Winners and losers move into separate brackets for Tuesday.

The rest of the field: Chaminade: The host Silverswords return four starters and six lettermen from the 10-15 team of last season. Coach is Matt Mahar (84-55 at Chiminade.) Top returning scorer is Steven Bennett (17 ppg).Connecticut: Huskies return three starters and five lettermen from the 18-16 team of last season. Coach is Jim Calhoun (577-221). Top returning scorer is Kemba Walker (14.6 ppg.)Kentucky: Wildcats return one starter and four lettermen from 35-3 team of last season. Coach is John Calipari (37-3). Top returning scorer is Darius Miller (6.5 ppg.)Michigan State: Spartans return three starters and nine lettermen from 28-9 team of last season. Coach is Tom Izzo (366-146). Top returning scorer is Kalin Lucas (14.8 ppg.)Oklahoma: Sooners return one starter and five lettermen from 13-18 team of last season. Coach is Jeff Capel (85-51). Top returning scorer is Cade Davis (9.9 ppg).Wichita State: Shockers return four starters and nine lettermen from 25-10 team of last season. Coach is Gregg Marshall (54-47). Top returning scorer is Toure Muny (11.9 ppg).