Asheville – The East Coast Of Maui?

I was just reading about the upcoming holiday and early season basketball tournaments. CBS Sports was ranking which ones were the best for real basketball junkies.

Number one was the Maui Invitational featuring such teams as my UNC Tar Heels, Providence, Stanford, Davison, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, and UNLV.

However, what had me rolling on this floor was the location of the Maui Invitational. Let’s just say it isn’t Hawaii.

Asheville is now the location of the 2020 Maui Invitational.

Asheville, the San Francisco of Appalachia, the Austin of the Carolinas.

1. Maui Invitational

Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 | Schedule

Location: Asheville, NC

FieldAlabamaDavidsonIndiana, No. 16 North CarolinaProvidenceStanford, No. 19 TexasUNLV

The Maui Invitational is always a gem to whet the hoops appetite, and this year’s field is an absolute doozy. In addition to some of the strongest brands in the game — North Carolina, Indiana and Texas — the field also includes teams with star power capable of making noise in 2020. Between Kellan Grady (Davidson), David Duke (Providence), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Garrison Brooks (UNC) and Ziaire Williams (Stanford), this field is loaded with big names primed to set us up for some big games, even if they are not played in Hawaii as usual.

Like I’ve said many a time, 2020 has been a strange year.