UCLA gets nod for 2011 Maui Invitational

Get your bags ready, the Bruins are heading to the island next year.

UCLA was one of eight teams named to the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational tournament field on Thursday. Defending national champion Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan and Tennessee are the others slated to participate. Four other mainland teams will be named at a later date.

The current eight-team, three-day bracket event will be played on Maui between Monday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will follow a series of opening and regional games.

UCLA took the Maui Invitational crown in 2006 before making its first of three consecutive Final Four trips.