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North Carolina heading back to Maui in 2020 for the eighth time

North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks (3) goes to the basket as Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, rear, defends during the first half during an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Lahaina, Hawaii.
North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks (3) goes to the basket as Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, rear, defends during the first half during an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Lahaina, Hawaii. AP

North Carolina is heading back to Maui in 2020.

The Tar Heels will make their eighth appearance in the Maui Invitational, which is more than any other team in the country. The other teams joining North Carolina in the eight-team tournament include, Davidson, Indiana, Stanford, Texas, UNLV, Alabama and Providence.

The tournament will be Nov. 23-25, 2020.

Winning the Maui Invitational appears to be a good luck charm for North Carolina. The Tar Heels have won the tournament four times. Each time the Tar Heels have won the tournament — 1999, 2004, 2008, 2016 — they’ve made it to at least the Final Four later that season, including three national titles.

The Tar Heels have an 18-3 record in seven previous appearances in Maui; the 18 wins are a tournament record.

“Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational prides itself on bringing the best college basketball teams and talent to the island of Maui,” said tournament chairman Dave Odom. “2020 is no different, with the Lahaina Civic Center hosting some of the game’s most historic programs of all time.”

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