Purdue joins loaded field in 2023 early-season college basketball tournament
Purdue fans can now make travel plans for the 2023-24 college basketball season, as the Boilermakers will be a part of the Maui Invitational.
Purdue will join Kansas, Gonzaga and UCLA, Marquette, Syracuse, Tennessee and Division II Chaminade, which participates in the event every other year. The event is scheduled for Nov. 20-22, 2023. Each team will play 3 games at the event, and matchups will be announced at a later date.
The tournament this season will return to the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui after it was played in the continental United States each of the past two seasons because of issues related to COVID-19: Asheville, N.C. in 2020 and Las Vegas in ’21.
“When I put each year together, I’m hoping that it’s going to be the best field ever. That’s the way you approach it,” said tournament chairman Dave Odom, per Sports Illustrated. “And 2023 very well may be the best one, at least on paper, that we’ve ever had.”
🏖 Return to Maui in 2023.
Talk about ANOTHER loaded field. pic.twitter.com/UeYYBiMOC3
— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) April 5, 2022
“It’s hard to express how important the tournament is to the island and to us, who bring the tournament to the island,” Odom said. “The last two years have been good from the standpoint that we were able to make the best out of the situation … as we pulled those off, one of the residual feelings that we all had was a bit of emptiness.”