The 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational, one of the premier early-season tournaments, starts its championship round on Monday, highlighting a solid slate of big games for the day.
Top 25 teams in action
Cleveland State vs. No. 4 Kentucky, ESPN3 (7 p.m. ET)
The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off their best effort of the season over Texas Arlington, winning, 105-76. James Young scored 26 points as he led the Wildcats to their first 100-point game in nearly a year. Julius Randle continued his quest to be the best freshmen in the nation, registering his fifth consecutive double-double. The Cleveland State Vikings have been alternating wins and losses on the season.
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. South Florida, ESPW (7 p.m.)
After decisively beating the Memphis Tigers last week, the Oklahoma State Cowboys head on the road for the first time this season against the South Florida Bulls. Marcus Smart had a huge game against the Tigers, scoring a career-high 36 points. South Florida sits at 4-0 on the season, but they haven't faced a test as stiff as the Cowboys yet.
Wyoming vs. No. 8 Ohio State, Big Ten Network (7 p.m.)
The Wyoming Cowboys have rattled off three-straight wins and will face their first ranked opponent on Monday. The Buckeyes and Cowboys will most likely combine for a hard fought, defensive effort. The Buckeyes only allow 51.5 points a game, highlighted by holding the Marquette Golden Eagles to 35 points. The Cowboys are not as tight defensively, holding opponents to 60 points a contest.
Minnesota vs. No. 9 Syracuse, Maui Invitational, ESPN2 (5:30 p.m.)
The Golden Gophers and the Syracuse Orange highlight the best game in the first day of the championship round of the Maui Invitational. Both teams are undefeated, but haven't faced a whole lot of quality opponents, although Minnesota does hold wins over Montana and Richmond. The Orange's offense has come back down to Earth after scoring over 80 points in their first two games. Syracuse was nearly upset by St. Francis Brooklyn, but used a 10-0 rally to close out the win.
Dayton vs. No. 13 Gonzaga, Maui Invitational, ESPN2 (11:59 p.m. ET)
Both the Flyers and the Bulldogs are in familiar territory in Maui. Gonzaga was the 2009 champion and Dayton was the 2003 champion. The Flyers are coming off an impressive win on the road over Georgia Tech, and the Gonzaga offense has been rolling through their first four games, averaging 91.3 points a game. If the Flyers are going to pull off the win, they need to force Gonzaga into tough shots. The Bulldogs are fifth in the nation with a 55 percent shooting percentage as a team.
No. 14 Wichita State vs. DePaul, ESPN3 (10 p.m.)
The Wichita State Shockers and DePaul Blue Demons highlight the championship round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Shockers are undefeated, but have toyed with deficits in each game they have played. Wichita State has been a second half team all season and have outscored their opponents in the second half by 71 points.
No. 16 Florida vs. Jacksonville, ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
The Florida Gators have recovered nicely from a loss against the Wisconsin Badgers early in the season. Since scoring 53 points in the loss, the Gators have averaged 77 points in their past three wins. The Gators are still figuring out an offense that doesn't have a true point guard, picking up just two assists in the first half of a, 79-59, win over Middle Tennessee last Thursday.
Chaminade vs. No. 20 Baylor, Maui Invitational, ESPNU (9:30 p.m.)
The Baylor Bears face the host of the Maui Invitational in the first meeting between the two schools. Baylor last played in the tournament back in 1987, going 1-2. Senior guard Brady Heslip has been zeroed in from beyond the arc, shooting 51 percent from the three-point line on the season. They needed every bit of his offense as the Bears held off Charleston Southern in an ugly win, 69-64.
UMKC vs. No. 21 Iowa State (8 p.m.)
Iowa State's celebrated their rise into the rankings with one of the more difficult games possible -- a road game against BYU. Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane each scored 21 points as the Cyclones squeaked by BYU on Wednesday, 90-88. Kane was ejected with three and a half minutes after poking Eric Mika in the eye and left the court in less than graceful style, making an obscene gesture to the crowd as he went towards the locker room.
No. 25 Marquette vs. Arizona State, FOXS1 (9 p.m.)
The Marquette Golden Eagles rebounded from one of their worse offensive outputs in years with another tough effort in a 58-53 win over New Hampshire. Marquette shot 18.9 percent in the loss to Ohio State, and improved slightly against the Wildcats, hitting 32.7 percent from the floor. Jahii Carson has led the Sun Devils to a 5-0 record to open the season with 23 points a game. He stepped up in a big way on the road against UNLV, scoring 40 points in the win.
The rest of the quality games
Arkansas vs. California, Maui Invitational, ESPN2 (3 p.m. ET)
Arkansas and California are the final Maui Invitational game, and the only matchup not to feature a ranked team. The Bears lead a balanced attack with four players averaging double digit points, led by freshman Jabari Bird at 13.5 a game. It'll be the first game in a week for the Razorbacks, who are led by junior forward Alandise Harris. Harris is averaging 18.3 points per game on 58 percent shooting, and is doing it while only seeing 21 minutes a game.
Texas vs. BYU, ESPNU (7:30 p.m. ET)
Texas and BYU sit on the other side of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. BYU is coming off a close loss to Iowa State at home. The matchup is setup to be an entertaining offensive display. BYU is fifth in the nation with 94.6 points a game with Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino anchoring the offense. Five players average double-digit points for Texas, led by junior forward Jonathan Holmes with 15 points a game.