Crean says IU will return to Maui in 2020 #iubb

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Indiana is set to make paradise a second home over the coming years.

At a Maui Invitational pep rally on Sunday, IU coach Tom Crean announced to a large throng of supporters that the Hoosiers will return to the island for the 2020 event. Indiana, which opens this year’s tournament against Wake Forest today at 5 p.m. Eastern, will also travel to Hawaii next year to play Kansas as part of the 2016 Armed Forces Classic at Pearl Harbor. That game will be played at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honoulu on Veterans Day — less than a month from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Our guys are very excited to play for all of you, to play in this tournament,” Crean said at the rally. “It’s a prestigious deal (and) it’s as good as it gets. That’s why when you get a chance to come to Maui, it’s a big deal. It’s a really big deal. Put down 2020 as your next trip here because now we’re back on that docket. We’ll be back in 2020 — and hopefully we’ll be coming in here trying to defend a championship that we win in 2015.”

This year marks Indiana’s sixth appearance in the Maui Invitational. The Hoosiers won the tournament in 2002 and also made trips to the island in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2008.

“This is my first time out here, so I am going to live it up and go into the ocean and enjoy the journey with my teammates,” senior point guard Yogi Ferrell said.