I was dispatched to the Valley Isle to cover the EA Sports Maui Invitational, so the intrepid Jason Kaneshiro will be our writer at the Hawaii-Eastern Washington game at the Stan Sheriff Center on Tuesday night.
EWU (1-2) won’t be afraid of UH (1-1). The Eagles have single-digit losses at Gonzaga (the same team that just defeated the ‘Bows by 19 in Vancouver) and at Oregon.
Should be a tester game for the ‘Bows coming off a short rest from their return from Canada.
Jason will have a preview story in Tuesday’s newspaper.
The semifinal matchups are set on Maui: No. 6 Duke vs. No. 15 Michigan and No. 14 Kansas vs. UCLA.
Here’s highlights of each quarterfinal. Complete coverage in Tuesday’s newspaper.
>> Michigan upset athletic No. 8 Memphis 73-61: Guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke controlled tempo against the Tigers’ pressure and combined for 35 points and nine assists.
>> Duke pulled away from Tennessee 77-67: Freshman guard Austin Rivers, with dad Doc Rivers in the house at Lahaina Civic Center, scored several late baskets for his 18 points and Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly added 17 points each. Mike Krzyzewski’s teams remained perfect on Maui with a 13-0 record.
>> UCLA dominated Chaminade in second half for a 92-60 win: First-year coach Eric Bovaird’s Silverswords trailed only 40-38 at halftime, but were completely outplayed after the break. UCLA forward Reeves Nelson returned from a game-and-a-half suspension to spark the Bruins with energy.
>> Kansas outlasted Georgetown 67-63: The Hoyas gamely gave the Jayhawks everything they could handle despite a heavily pro-Kansas crowd. Georgetown kept hitting shots down the stretch but 20 points and 12 rebounds from KU forward Thomas Robinson and an efficient 16 from guard Tyshawn Taylor proved too much.