The Chaminade Silverswords have been the host school for the Maui Invitational since its inception in 1984. That all changes after this season, so the small DII basketball program from Honolulu went out with a statement. Chaminade upset Cal 96-72 in its final game of the tournament.
All is not lost for Chaminade. The basketball program will continue to play in the tournament, except it moves to every other year beginning with the 2019 Maui Invitational. That still means a four-year Silversword gets to square off against some of college basketball's finest twice. Not a bad recruiting advantage, especially when the backdrop is Hawaii.
Chaminade, of course, put itself on the map with an upset of top-ranked Virginia way back in 1982. And since 1984, it's had some upsets along the way in Maui as well. Head coach Eric Bovaird took over the Silverswords in the 2011-12 season. In just his second year at the helm, he led Chaminade to an 86-73 opening round upset of Texas.
The early season schedule is thus second to none in difficulty at the DII level. The Silverswords have seen countless Hall of Fame coaches, national champions and Top 25 teams on an annual basis. Let's take a look at who they have faced during Bovaird's tenure in Honolulu.
|Year||School (Ranking)||Final Score|
|2012||North Carolina (No. 9)||Lost 112-70|
|2013||Baylor (No. 13)||Lost 93-77|
|2013||Gonzaga (No. 11)||Lost 113-81|
|2015||Kansas (No. 5)||Lost 123-72|
|2015||St. John's||Lost 100-93|
|2016||North Carolina (No. 4)||Lost 104-61|
|2017||Notre Dame||Lost 83-56|
Chaminade's run as a regular in the Maui Invitational ends with an 8-92 record. While the eight wins will surely outshine the losses, the opportunity to be on the losing end, no matter how bad, was as memorable as it gets for the Chaminade squads throughout the years.