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Wichita State gets UConn in Maui Classic basketball opener

Wichita State's basketball team will face Connecticut in the first round of the Maui Classic on Nov. 22 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The Shockers, making their first Maui Classic appearance, will be part of the tournament's first game. It will tip off at 2 p.m. Central time (ESPN2), the first of four matchups. It will be followed by Michigan State-Chaminade, Oklahoma-Kentucky and Virginia-Washington.

"We knew we would play a great team and UConn certainly fits the bill," WSU coach Gregg Marshall said in a statement released by the university. "Coach (Jim) Calhoun is a Hall of Fame Coach, and the Huskies have cut down the nets twice as national champions. They have great players and will be well-coached. We must continue our offseason work to prepare for this challenge, as well as the demands of the upcoming season as a whole."

WSU would meet the Michigan State-Chaminade winner or loser Nov. 23 at either 6 p.m. (winners bracket) or 1 p.m. (losers). A final-round game is Nov. 24.

The Huskies were 18-16 last season and played two games in the NIT. Junior guard Kemba Walker (14.6 points) is the team's top returner.

UConn has won two national championships (1999, 2004) under Calhoun, who recently signed a contract extension through 2014. He is 575-221 in 24 seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

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