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Oregon, North Carolina can meet for Maui title

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) North Carolina and Oregon, No. 1 seeds from last season’s NCAA Tournament, lead their respective brackets for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Joining the Tar Heels, who lost to Villanova in the NCAA title game, in the bottom bracket are Division II Chaminade, the tournament host and North Carolina’s opening opponent. The other first-round game is UConn against Oklahoma State.

The Ducks, who lost to Oklahoma one win shy of the Final Four, will face Georgetown in the first round while Tennessee plays Wisconsin.

The games will be played Nov. 21-23 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

North Carolina is a three-time Maui champion (1999, 2004, 2008). Connecticut is the only other past champion in the field (2005, 2010).

Three of the winningest current coaches are in the field: North Carolina’s Roy Williams (3rd, 783), Tennessee’s Rick Barnes (8th, 619), and Oregon’s Dana Altman (11th, 564).

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