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    USC Tickets For the Championship Round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Go On Sale August 22
    Purchase your tickets for the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational.
    Purchase your tickets for the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational.

    Aug. 20, 2012

    USC Maui Invitational Tickets Get Acrobat Reader

    The EA Sports Maui Invitational® today announced that USC Booster Tickets, as well as All-Tournament Reserved Tickets and all other Island Team Booster Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. HST) for the Championship Round of the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament.

    Booster tickets are good for entry to all three tournament games in which a particular school will participate. Tickets can be purchased via the Tournament website at mauiinvitational.com (no phone orders) with a maximum of four tickets available for purchase per person per ticket type.

    "Our team is looking forward to being part of the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational," said USC head coach Kevin O'Neill. "It's the premier early-season tournament of the year and kicks off every championship basketball season. We are looking forward to the challenge."

    For fans that want to stay close to the action, don't miss out on purchasing an Official Travel Package. The travel package includes USC Booster Tickets and accommodations at the Hyatt Maui Resort & Spa. Packages are still available through Oahu Travel, the tournament's official travel agency (800.826.3822).

    "Last year, more than 5,000 visitors traveled to Maui to attend and participate in the premier earlyseason college basketball tournament," said David Odom, EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tournament Chairman. "College basketball fans should be sure to get their tickets to this year's Tournament and root on their favorite teams during another great edition of Sun, Surf and Hoops."

    Tickets will also be made available to the Tip-Off Banquet on Sunday, November 18th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. All participating teams attend the banquet, which is emceed by ESPN's Bill Raftery and features speeches from the participating coaches and exciting performances by traditional Hawaiian entertainment groups.

    The 29th annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational will launch the college basketball season with another exciting field. The Championship Round includes Island Teams Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, USC and host Chaminade. Championship Round matchups start Monday, November 19 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui and feature some of the nation's premier programs.

    • Game 1 (3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN2): Butler vs. Marquette • Game 2 (6:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2): Mississippi State vs. North Carolina • Game 3 (9:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU): Texas vs. Chaminade • Game 4 (Midnight EST, ESPN2): USC vs. Illinois

    The ESPN networks will combine once again to offer live television coverage of all 12 Championship Round games. For the fourth straight year, every game will be produced in high definition on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPNU HD. All games will also be available live on WatchESPN.

    The four newly announced Mainland Teams - Colgate, Coppin State, Elon and Florida Atlantic - will participate in the Regional Games at Elon University from November 17-18. Prior to the Championship Round and Regional Games, the Island Teams and Mainland Teams will face-off in seven Opening Games at the Island Teams home arenas from November 9-13.

    In all, 93 schools representing 21 conferences and 39 states have competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, with participants having won an astounding 63 of 74 NCAA Championships and 59 of 74 national runners-up spots while comprising 243 of 296 Final Four teams.

    About EA SPORTS EA SPORTSTM is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world and 2012 marks its twelfth year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational. With top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences, EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA JAM, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.

    About Tournament Sponsors Other tournament sponsors include the Maui Visitors Bureau, County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority, adidas, Progressive and Geico. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Westin Maui Resort & Spa, all located in the beautiful Ka'anapali Beach Resort area, serve as host hotels.

    About Chaminade University Chaminade University, the only Catholic university in Hawaii, provides a rich educational experience. Chaminade is a place where people grow: professionally, intellectually and spiritually. The Society of Mary, the Marianists, founded Chaminade University in 1955 (as St. Louis Junior College.) Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, service and successful careers.

    About KemperLesnik® KemperLesnik is a sports marketing, events and public relations agency. Ranked by Crain's Chicago Business among Chicago's top PR agencies, KemperLesnik produces integrated communications programs and manages major national events, including the EA SPORTSÔ Maui Invitational®, the McDonald's All American® Games, the POWERADE® Jam Fest and activation for KitchenAid and its PGA of America partnership. KemperLesnik has operated the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational since 1990. For more information, visit www.kemperlesnik.com.