Texas (2-0) at Chaminade (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lahaina Civic Center (2,400) -- Maui, Hawaii. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Texas 2-0, Chaminade 0-1. Away Record: Texas 0-0, Chaminade 1-0. Neutral Record: Texas 0-0, Chaminade 1-0. Conference Record: Texas 0-0, Chaminade 0-0. Series Record: Texas leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The championship round of the 2012 Maui Invitational gets underway on Monday, and one of the four bouts on tap pits the Texas Longhorns against the host team, the Chaminade Silverswords.
Texas is 2-0 on the young season, having disposed of Fresno State (55-53) and Coppin State (69-46), both at home. The Coppin State game was a preliminary- round bout in this event, and following a few days out in Hawaii, the Longhorns will return home to take on Sam Houston State next Tuesday. UT, which is 6-3 all-time in the Maui Invitational, opens Big 12 Conference play at Baylor on Jan. 5, 2013.
Chaminade plays its basketball out of the Pacific West Conference at the Division II level, and the team brings a 2-1 record into this contest. The Silverswords were most recently in action last Wednesday as they dropped their first games of the season at home versus Western Washington, 93-83. Chaminade is 6-76 all-time in this event, and the team's lone championship game appearance was in the inaugural event back in 1984 (a 60-58 loss to Providence).
The winner of this contest will move on to Tuesday's semifinals to take on the winner of the USC/Illinois matchup.
Sheldon McClellan poured in 25 points to lead Texas to its relatively easy win over Coppin State last Monday, the team as a whole shooting 46.9 percent from the field, but just 55.2 percent from the foul line. Ioannis Papapetrou nearly had a double-double in tallying 10 points and nine rebounds, but the Longhorns are fortunate the opposition wasn't stronger as they committed an unsightly 26 turnovers. Doubling the Eagles up on the boards (50-25) was one thing, but holding them to a paltry 24.6 percent shooting effort, which included misses on 27 of their 32 three-point attempts, meant the 'Horns were in top form defensively. Though its only been two games, McClellan is averaging a robust 22.5 ppg as the team's only double-digit scorer. While Texas is netting just 62.0 ppg in hitting a disappointing 41.8 percent of its total shots, which includes an even more troubling 24.2 percent of its three-point tries, foes are putting up just 49.5 ppg in hitting their shots a scant 30.2 percent of the time overall, and only 19.6 percent from beyond the arc. Texas also owns a resounding +18 rebounding margin, despite turning the ball over 19.5 timer per game.
Despite getting 17 points from Bennie Murray, 16 from Kevin Hu, 15 from Lee Bailey and 12 from De'Andre Haskins, Chaminade came out on the short end of a 93-83 final against visiting Western Washington last time out. As mentioned, it was the Silverswords' first loss of the campaign after posting wins over Saint Martin's (87-84) and Western Oregon (84-76) previously. Offensive production clearly hasn't been a problem for Chaminade as it comes into this contest averaging 84.7 ppg behind typical shooting outputs of 44.3 percent overall, 32.9 percent from three-point range, and 70.5 percent from the foul line. Unfortunately, the Swords have proven to be less formidable on defense as they are yielding 84.3 ppg with foes shooting 49.2 percent from the field. Haskins is the team's leading scorer to this point, netting 18.0 ppg, and he also heads its rebounding effort with 7.0 rpg. Bailey (15.7 ppg), Murray (15.3 ppg) and Rhys Murphy (12.7 ppg) round out the unit's double-digit scorers, while Dominique Cooks (9.7 ppg) is close to joining the ranks.
Even though Chaminade has shown the ability to light up the scoreboard early on this season, the level of competition spikes considerably for this event and it would be a major upset if the Swords were somehow able to come out on top against the bigger, quicker and more talented Longhorns.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 90, Chaminade 72
11/19 10:45:22 ET