The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team will face St. Mary’s in the first round of the 2021 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in Maui (11:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN2.
The Irish are returning to the Maui Invitational for the first time since the 2017-18 season when they claimed the program’s first Maui title defeating Chaminade, LSU and Wichita State. This season’s Maui lineup includes the Irish and Gaels, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Butler, Houston, Oregon and Chaminade.
Notre Dame will be taking part in its fourth Maui Invitational – 1993 (1-2), 2008 (2-1) and 2017 (4-0) – and boast a 7-3 record in the event. In 2017, the tournament included a mainland contest against Mount St. Mary’s. Those games are not included in this year’s event.
Notre Dame and St. Mary’s will be meeting for the third time and it will be the first matchup since 1981 when the Gaels visited Purcell Pavilion (a 94-63 Irish victory). The series dates back to 1949, however, when Notre Dame made its first trip to the West Coast to face St. Mary’s at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The trip was a homecoming for Irish legend Kevin O’Shea, who led the Irish to a 70-66 victory over St. Mary’s and their All-American Frankie Kudelka.
The winner of the Notre Dame – St. Mary’s contest will face the winner of Oregon – Chaminade November 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. (8 p.m. ET).