Maui Invitational moved to Asheville

Sources - 2020 Maui Invitational moving to Asheville, North Carolina, because of coronavirus pandemic

Sources - 2020 Maui Invitational moving to Asheville, North Carolina, because of coronavirus pandemic

Duke and Gonzaga play at the Maui Invitational in 2018.

Instead, one of the biggest early-season tournaments will be held more than 4,500 miles away.

The 37th edition of the nation's premier early-season Tournament, was scheduled November 23 to 25 at the Lahaina Civic Center in West Maui. Games will take place from November 30th to December 2nd, CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reports.

The non-conference tournament has officially been moved to Asheville, N.C., and the Harrah's Cherokee Center, according to a release from the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Teams scheduled to take part are North Carolina, Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

The college basketball tournament will be held at the Harrah's Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina, from November 30-Dec.

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CBS' John Rothstein reported this week that there is a plan in place to hold eight of the early-season tournaments in Orlando this fall, similar to how the National Basketball Association is finishing its season in a bubble at Walt Disney World. Preseason practice is allowed to start on October 14. Each team will be allowed a maximum 27 games this season.

"I realize that these are unprecedented times due to the ongoing pandemic, and I understand the very tough decision to relocate this year's Maui Jim Maui Invitational", said Hokama.

It's unclear if fans will be allowed to attend.

"KemperLesnik has always been a tremendous partner of the County of Maui, and I support the Maui Invitational as it looks forward to a successful 2020 event and return to Maui in 2021", said Hokama.

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready, because the Maui Invitational is coming to North Carolina.

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