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MAUI, Hawaii -- No. 4/5 Kansas (3-1) is set to begin bracket play in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational when it takes on Chaminade on Monday.
The Jayhawks and Silverswords are slated to tip off inside Lahaina Civic Center at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) will call the action.
- Kansas is participating in its seventh Maui Jim Maui Invitational and has a combined record of 15-6 in the event. The Jayhawks are 3-0 mark in campus round games and a 12-6 record in Maui.
- Kansas has won two Maui Invitationals in 1996 and 2015, its last appearance in the event.
- Kansas is facing Chaminade for the fourth time with all three previous meetings in the Maui Invitational. The Jayhawks are 3-0 versus the Silverswords.
- Kansas has won its last five in-season tournaments with the 2015 Maui Invitational included in the run. The streak started with the 2014 Orlando Classic, then the 2015 Maui Invitational, the 2016 CBE Classic, the 2017 HoopHall Miami Invitational and the 2018 NIT Season Tip Off.
- Kansas is 3-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season and has a 24-game homecourt winning streak, which is third-longest nationally behind Tennessee (28) and Gonzaga (25).
- Kansas’ 112 points in the win against Monmouth (11/15) marked the 117th game Kansas has scored 100 or more points in school history. Under Bill Self, Kansas has 26 of those 100-point games.
- Kansas is ranked No. 4 in the Nov. 18 Associated Press national poll. KU has been ranked in the top-five 339 times overall and 133 times in the Bill Self era.
- KU has been ranked in each of the last 203 AP polls dating back to 2008-09. The 203-consecutive weeks in the polls is the longest active streak in the nation. KU holds the same streak in the coaches’ poll at 211.
- Kansas head coach Bill Self is 683-212 in his 27th season overall as a head coach. He is five games from being the 30th active coach in the NCAA to have coached in 900 games.
KU IN THE MAUI INVITATIONAL
Kansas has a combined 15-6 record in this Maui Jim Maui Invitational (counting home games that are part of the tournament). KU is 12-6 in games played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii.
In KU’s 1988 NCAA National Championship season, the Jayhawks placed fourth in the event, going 1-2. Kansas won the 1996 Maui Invitational, defeating LSU, California and Virginia. Raef LaFrentz was named the MVP. In 2001, KU finished third in the event with a 2-1 record. Drew Gooden was a member of the all-tournament team and was the first Jayhawk on the Maui Invitational all-tourney list, which began in 2000.
Kansas will play either BYU or UCLA in the second round of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Jayhawks are 3-1 all-time against BYU. UCLA holds a 10-8 series advantage versus Kansas.
The Jayhawks have a combined 14-6 record in the Maui Invitational, including 12-6 in games played in Maui. KU has won two of the titles in 1996 and 2015.