Reports: Maui Invitational, other tourneys could move to bubbles

The Maui Invitational could move to a North Carolina bubble this fall — and reports Thursday indicated it wouldn’t be the only NCAA in-season tournament to relocate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein said organizers of the prominent Maui tournament are considering a move to Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, N.C. Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama and Providence are among the eight teams set to take part in the Nov. 22-24 event.

Former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom, the tournament chairman of the Maui Invitational, told The Athletic that several options are under consideration.

“We’re certainly not sitting on our hands,” Odom said. “We want to make sure we have a tournament. That’s the only goal.”

The Athletic said other bubbles are likely to pop up in the 2020-21 basketball season.

One that could get a lot of use is the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, where the NBA is currently concluding its coronavirus-interrupted season. The Athletic, citing multiple sources, said ESPN intends to hold each of the 10 multi-team events it owns at the Florida site. That includes the Champions Classic — the annual opener that features Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State — as well as the Jimmy V Classic.

The Gazelle Group, which runs a number of New York tournaments, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame are working on a joint venture to hold events at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Conn., during a two-week span in December, The Athletic said.