Buckeyes in Paradise compete in Maui Invitational – Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Maui Invitational
November 21-23, 2022
9 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. ET | TBA
Lahaina Civic Center – Lahaina, Hawaii
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
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Tournament Page: Championship Headquarters
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Columbus, Ohio – The much-anticipated trip to Hawaii is finally here, as the state of Ohio made its way this week to compete in the prestigious Maui Invitational. The Buckeyes play San Diego State on Monday, followed by either Arizona or Cincinnati on Tuesday. The last game will take place on Wednesday. All three games will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN.

  • The Buckeyes will open the tournament Monday against San Diego State. The last time the two teams met was in the opening round of the 2003 Maui Invitational. SDSU won that game 83-61. San Diego State leads the series 2-1 at all times.
  • This is Ohio State’s fourth appearance at the Maui Invitational. The Buckeyes placed fifth in 2003, third in 1993, and fifth in 1988. Ohio State has finished 2-1 in each of their previous three appearances.
  • This week will be the first trip to Hawaii for all but two of Ohio State’s 14 players. Justice Sueing, a native Hawaiian, and Zed Key are the only two players to have visited the islands in the past. Key’s high school team, Long Island Lutheran, played in a vacation tournament in Hawaii during his senior season.
  • Ohio State opened the year with three straight home wins over Robert Morris, Charleston Southern and Eastern Illinois. Defense has kept every opponent below 60 points, and the Buckeyes have not lost under head coach Chris Holtman when opponents don’t reach 60 points.
  • Opponents are shooting just 30.2 percent against the Buckeyes, which is the best defensive percentage in the Big Ten and ranks in the top 10 nationally.
  • Zed Key had a double-double in each of his first three games and is now only the third Buckeye in 40 years to open a season with three straight double-doubles. He joins Keita Bates-Diop (2017) and Evan Turner (2009).
  • Freshman Brice Sensabaugh was in double figures in each of his first three college games. He scored 17 against Robert Morris, 14 against Charleston Southern and 20 against Eastern Illinois. He is only the fourth Buckeye since 2000 to score 10 or more goals in his first three career games. He joined Greg Oden in 2006, Kosta Koufos in 2007 and Jared Sullinger in 2010. Not bad company.
  • The FIFA World Cup begins this week, and that may or may not be a note, but Ohio State has made the NCAA tournament in each of the past six World Cup years.