The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational released its highly anticipated bracket today, and San Diego State basketball fans have plenty to be excited about.
1. SDSU plays BYU in round one
Who says the rivalry is dead? From the Jimmer-Kawhi days and long, long before on the basketball court and the football field, SDSU and BYU have been heated rivals. I'd also venture to say that the two schools' fans don't have a strong affinity for one another...
However, when BYU left the Mountain West, that rivalry cooled down a little as the two teams saw very little of each other. So every time the two get an opportunity to meet, you'd better believe it's a big deal.
SDSU plays BYU on November 24 at 8:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. If you're not going, make sure you're tuning in.
2. Potential SDSU-Arizona championship rematch
From one rivalry to another. Over the past few years, SDSU and Arizona have formed quite the "Best in the West" rivalry. The two sides have played each other four times in the last three years, with Arizona winning three (beating SDSU in the 2012 Diamond Head Classic championship game and most recently in the 2014 Sweet 16.) All games have been close, too, as the average margin of victory has been 4.75 points.
So a BYU-SDSU opening matchup and a potential SDSU-Arizona championship matchup? Sign me up.
The other matchup on SDSU's side of the bracket is Pittsburgh-Chaminade. On the other side of the bracket, Arizona plays Missouri and Purdue plays Kansas State.
All games will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii.