Since 1984, some of the nation’s best college basketball programs travel to the beautiful island paradise of Maui, Hawaii every year to take part in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The EA sponsorship came in 1991, but the tournament had already grown in college basketball lore.
Two years prior in 1982, one of the craziest occurrences in all of sports took place in the Lahaina Civic Center, as the host school, Chaminade University of Honolulu — then of the NAIA — upset No. 1 ranked Virginia in one of the largest underdog stories of all time. After the victory brought attention to the school, the concept of hosting a tournament was born.
Thirty years later, Chaminade pulled off another upset.In the first-round of the 2012 tournament, the now Division II Silverswords upset Big 12 powerhouse Texas, rekindling memories of the monumental upset. After trailing early, Chaminade caught fire, and opened up as large as an 18-point lead over the Longhorns, to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Senior Deandre Haskins led the host institution with 32 points on the evening. With the win, now the question is whether or not the tiny school can keep it going and defeat either USC or Illinois in the semifinals. The Silverswords have never won their own tournament, finishing second in the inaugural version in 1984 to Providence.
While it’s not to the same magnitude of the original upset, a Division II school beating a proud institution like Texas doesn’t happen often.