Syracuse Wins 2013 Maui Invitational

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team went 3-0 at the Lahaina Civic Center en route to claiming their 3rd Championship at the prestigious tournament posting wins over Minnesota (6-2), California (5-2), and defeating Baylor (6-1) in the Championship Round.

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team hold their trophies after winning the Maui Invitational. Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com

MVP honors for EA Sports Maui Invitational went to Syracuse senior, CJ Fair (18.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 6 stls, 3 asts, 1 blk).

2013 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team
1) Kevin Pangos – Gonzaga (26.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 12 asts, 4 stls)
2) Jerami Grant – Syracuse (16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5 asts)
3) Devin Oliver – Dayton (15.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 10 asts, 4 stls)
4) Cory Jefferson – Baylor (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6 blks, 1 ast)
5) Justin Cobbs – California (21.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 16 asts, 6 stls, 2 blks)

It was the second time in 8 months that Syracuse defeated Cal, after knocking them out of the 3rd round of the NCAA Tourney in March 2013. Syracuse continues its NCAA tourney rematch series on 12/3 against Indiana. The Orange defeated Indiana 61-50 in the 2013 Sweet Sixteen.

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3 responses to “Syracuse Wins 2013 Maui Invitational

    • It helps that Boeheim has a system and he recruits players specifically for that system. Kentucky and Kansas seem to target the best players available and then try to find a way to get them to work together, Syracuse gets in early on the guys that they need.

      Also, Syracuse has success getting guys to stay longer and not just going after the one-and-dones, which has translated into developing guys like Dion Waiters, MCW, and even Fab Melo into much better college players. With the exceptions of Carmelo Anthony and Donte Greene, Syracuse has not lost a freshman to the NBA in 5 years – despite having 8 first round picks in 10 years (including 5 lottery picks).

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