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Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament Bracket Revealed: Coogs to meet Butler in First Round on Nov. 22

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Coogs vs Butler in First Round on November 22 in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; Tickets & travel packages available

UPDATED: October 2, 2021 -- 3:08 p.m.

NOTE: The event location was changed from Maui to Las Vegas due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and COVID-19 protocols in the state of Hawaii.

POSTED: July 27, 2021 -- 10:00 a.m. CT

Tuesday morning, the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball program learned its First Round opponent -- the Butler Bulldogs -- at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in November with the reveal of the tournament bracket.

The Coogs will meet Butler at 3:30 p.m. (CST), November 22, inside the Lahaina Civic Center with the game airing on ESPN2. Houston's opener at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be the first time the Cougars face the Bulldogs in school history.

Following that game, Houston will take on the winner/loser of Texas A&M-Wisconsin at 4 p.m./1:30 p.m. (CST), November 23 on ESPN or ESPN2 with the team's final game against Oregon-Chaminade-Saint Mary's-Notre Dame on November 24 at a time and on a network to be determined.

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The Coogs own a 53-32 lead in the series against Texas A&M but have not played the Aggies since the 2013-14 season. The series against Wisconsin is tied at 1-1 with the last meeting coming early in the 1965-66 campaign.

This will be the second time in which the Cougars compete at the Maui Jim Invitational. During the 2001-02 season, Houston met Top-Five teams UCLA and Kansas before taking a win over host Chaminade to open the year.

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