LAHAINA, Hawaii - California senior guard Jeff Powers recaped the Golden Bears' first full day in Maui on Sunday as they prepare for Monday's tournament opening game.
Following breakfast. the Bears traveled about 15 minutes from their hotel to Lahainaluna High School for a good two-hour practice. They returned to the hotel around noon and then there was an extended break in the schedule to allow the team to explore the island. Most of the student-athletes relaxed by the pool or went snorkeling nearby.
The Hyatt, where Cal is staying, was the site of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tip-Off Banquet where all the teams gathered for a great event and dinner prior to the tournament. All the teams were treated to an exciting show and a great performance of Hawaiian music at a Drums of the Pacific Lu'au. The teams then headed indoors for the banquet put together by the tournament commitee where all eight squads were introduced by master of ceremonies and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas.
The event ended around 9 p.m. and the Bears were off to bed... game day is Monday morning!
Cal will face Arkansas on Monday, Nov. 25, at 12 p.m. (PT) in its first game of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with radio coverage in the Bay Area on KSFO 560 AM.