Maui Invitational heading to Asheville, N.C.

The Maui Invitational is still on the table for Indiana.

But it just won’t be on the Hawaiian island.

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.

The field includes IU, North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Stanford, Providence, UNLV and Davidson. The release from the visitors bureau said dates have not been finalized, but CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein is reporting the event will run from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

The release did confirm Harrah’s as the location, adding that the tournament will follow North Carolina state guidelines on mass gatherings.

“(Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission) worked closely with Buncombe County health officials and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan that makes safety a priority for this tournament as well as multiple sporting events that could be hosted in the Asheville area,” the release said. “Those involved and traveling to Asheville for the Tournament will undergo testing throughout the event.”

The release also said “those involved in the Tournament – teams, staff, officials and ESPN media – will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.”

The NCAA recently approved a start date for the 2020-21 basketball season of Nov. 25. The Maui Invitational was originally slated to take place from Nov. 22-24.

As far as scheduling goes, men’s basketball teams will be allowed to schedule 24 regular-season games and one “multiple-team event” that plays up to three games. Preseason practice is allowed to start on Oct. 14.