The fourth week of November is the first week that major college hoop fans need to keep their eye on. Thanksgiving weekend is when some of college basketball's most prestigious early season tournaments will be underway.
One of the key tournaments many hoop fanatics and insiders will be paying close attention to is the 2018 Maui Invitational. This tournament holds a special place in the history of college basketball as it has been the center of attention for some major upsets (Division II Chaminade defeating the #1 team in the nation, Virginia Cavaliers 77–72 in 1982) and a slew of coming out parties for breakout stars. Eight teams have battled it out in Hawaii during the three-day tournament. But now it has come down to two.
This year's tournament will conclude tonight as #1 Duke faces #3 Gonzaga in the championship. As young and already intriguing of a college hoops season as it has been, this game has some major implications on how far teams will go come conference tournament playing time in February. Here's the breakdown of why you need to keep the Maui Invitational on your radar.