University of Connecticut (UConn) Basketball
Competes in the 2005
EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament

Photographs by Jerry Molaver

The EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament has truly come of age. The 2005 field included Connecticut (UConn), Gonzaga, Kansas, Maryland, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan State and host school Chaminade of Honolulu. This is an impressive field measured by anyone's standard. The coaching talent represented here is equally impressive. Two Basketball Hall of Famers, Jim Calhoun and Lute Olson, bring with them undisputed knowledge of how the game is played as well as enviable coaching records. The other coaches from the mainland include Stan Heath (Arkansas), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Bill Self (Kansas), Gary Williams (Maryland) and Tom Izzo (Michigan State). The host school, Chaminade, is coached by Matt Mahar.
The 1st tournament was played in 1984 in Kona, Hawaii. One of the earliest drivers of the tournament, Wayne Duke, still serves as Chairman Emeritus. The current chairman, Dave Gavitt, is no stranger to NCAA basketball as he is chair emeritus of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and former Big East Conference Commissioner. The original 4 team format was changed to 8 teams in 1986 and the venue was changed to its current home, the Lahaina Civic Center on Maui. Held on the three days prior to Thanksgiving, the tournament and its associated activites generate millions of dollars for the island economy. Over the years the Civic Center has been upgraded with some of these monies. Not the least of these upgrades was the addition of air conditioning in the facility. The Civic Center is really not unlike a typical mainland high school gym. It is an up close an personal experience for both players and the 2400 or so fans it holds. This is as good as it gets for the hardcore college basketball fan!

Connecticut (UConn) played and defeated Arkansas, Arizona and Gonzaga to win the championship. The following photographs were taken November 21-23, 2005 and are primarily of the three games Connecticut (UConn) played.

Copyright 2005 Jerry Molaver
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Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005 photo taken at EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament November 2005
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational
Press Conference 11/20/05
Maui Invitational

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