The Arizona Wildcats will begin Maui Invitational championship round play against Missouri on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Arizona time.

The winner of that game will face the winner of the Purdue-Kansas State game at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, while the losers of those games will match up in the consolation bracket.

The brackets released today kept San Diego State on the opposite side, meaning the Wildcats could only face the Aztecs in the championship game or in a consolation matchup on the final day of the tournament. The other teams on the bracket opposite UA are BYU, Pittsburgh and Chaminade.

The championship game will be played on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.

Arizona will also host Cal State Northridge in an "opening game" on Nov. 16 at McKale Center and UA will move on to Maui regardless of that result. The opening games give teams a chance to play four games over the course of the event for the "price" of three against the NCAA scheduling maximum.

This will be Arizona’s sixth appearance in the Maui Invitational. The Wildcats won the 1993, 1997, and 2000 events, going on to reach the Final Fours during the 1993-94 and 2000-01 seasons.

They last played on Maui during coach Sean Miller’s first year at UA, going 1-2 in 2009-2010 with an overtime win over Colorado and losses to Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.


Sean Miller may be unleashing his closing skills next on Ivan Rabb.


Looks like Stanley Johnson had some fun in counselor play at adidas Nations (his dunk ranks No. 1 on these highlights).

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball