Michigan State Spartans, Kansas Jayhawks headline Maui Invite men's basketball tournament

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Michigan State opened the season with a loss to Kentucky at Madison Square Garden. Kansas had a similar start on the same bill, losing to Duke.

Three weeks later, the No. 3 Spartans and No. 4 Jayhawks are in paradise, headlining another strong Maui Invitational field.

The tiny Lahaina Civic Center hosts a three-day display of high-level basketball starting today with a field that also includes UCLA, Georgia, Virginia Tech, BYU, Dayton and Chaminade.

The Spartans were the preseason No. 1 but suffered a setback before their first game, losing guard Joshua Langford to a foot injury until at least January. Then, on Nov. 9, star guard Cassius Winston’s brother, Zachary, was hit by a train and killed.

MSU followed the loss to Kentucky with three straight victories, including an impressive road win at No. 12 Seton Hall. MSU opens against Virginia Tech in its fifth Maui appearance.