Before Tennessee basketball starts Feast Week at the Maui Invitational on Monday, it was announced Sunday that the Vols will head back to the Bahamas for tournament basketball next November.
Tennessee will be playing in the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship in Nassau next season alongside Virginia, Baylor and St. John’s. This season’s Baha Mar tournament wrapped up on Sunday, with the Providence, Kansas State, Georgia and Miami making up the four-team field.
The Vols went to the Bahamas last year and won the Battle 4 Atlantis, winning three games in three days. The beat Butler in the opening round, USC on Day 2 and Kansas in the championship game.
The Baha Mar games are played at the Baha Mar Convention, Arts & Entertainment Center. UCF won the tournament last year and Louisville won in 2021.
Feast Week: Tennessee Basketball
No. 7 Tennessee (3-0) starts play in the Maui Invitational against Syracuse (3-0) on Monday, with tipoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
The eight-team Maui bracket is loaded with three of the top four teams in the Associated Press Top 25 and five of the top 11.
The Vols on Tuesday will play either No. 2 Purdue or No. 11 Gonzaga. On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 Kansas plays host Chaminade on Monday and No. 4 Marquette plays UCLA.
Each team will play three games in three days before the champion is crowned on Wednesday. The Vols finished seventh in their last Maui Invitational appearance in November 2016, losing to Wisconsin and Oregon before beating Chaminade.
The Baha Mar tournament would be Tennessee’s third trip to the Bahamas under head coach Rick Barnes.
Tennessee two years ago played in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut, losing to Villanova and beating North Carolina.
The Vols were in the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla., in 2019. They played in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn in 2018, in the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2017, Maui in 2016 and in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn in 2015.
Maui Invitational Bracket
After Tennessee faces Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Purdue and Gonzaga will start at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The bottom half of the bracket will be played late Monday, with Kansas-Chaminade starting at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and UCLA facing Marquette. See the full Maui Invitational bracket here.
The Tennessee-Syracuse and Purdue Gonzaga winners will play Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The losers matchup at 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN2.
The Kansas-Chaminade and UCLA-Marquette winners play at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday on ESPN, after the losers matchup at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.
The championship game will be played Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN. The third-place game is Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and the fifth-place game will be played at 12 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The seventh-place game will be played Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.