North Carolina to play game at Hawaii during 2016-17 season

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For some programs participating in the Maui Invitational there’s a desire to play a game on the way out to the islands in order to avoid too much inactivity before the start of the tournament. That will be the case for North Carolina, which is one of the eight teams booked for the 2016 edition of the event.

Thursday it was announced that the Tar Heels will play a road game at Hawaii November 16, 2016, which will mark the second time in a three-year period that the Rainbow Warriors get to play an ACC team headed out to Maui.

Last season Hawaii knocked off Pittsburgh in a game played in Wailuku, Maui. However the meeting with the Tar Heels will be a true home game for new head coach Eran Ganot, with the contest scheduled for the Stan Sheriff Center.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and honor to compete with one of the premier programs in all of college basketball,” Ganot said in the release. “Can’t say enough about the efforts of so many to make this happen as its not too often you can schedule an opponent of this caliber on your homecourt.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring North Carolina and their terrific, Hall of Fame Coach, Roy Williams, to the Stan Sheriff Center in front of our wonderful fans!”

North Carolina will be part of what should be a very good Maui Invitational field in 2016. Joining the Tar Heels and host Chaminade are Connecticut, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.