Maui, HI – The 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines and UCLA place game at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The Wolverines opened tournament play against eighth-ranked Memphis an knocked off the Tigers, 73-61 to move to 4-0 on the young season. The perfect season came to a halt however on Tuesday, as Michigan fell in second-round action to Duke, 82-75.
The Bruins are also 1-1 in this tournament. After knocking off host Chaminade in the opening round, 92-60, UCLA found it a bit tougher against the Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday, falling to Kansas 72-56. It was the Bruins' third loss in the first four games to start the year.
The Wolverines have been a bit overwhelmed by the Blue Devils recently and that continued on Tuesday, as Duke finds itself playing for yet another Maui Invitational title, while Michigan settles for the third-place game. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points on Tuesday, all in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as the Wolverines fell for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings with the Blue Devils. Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan joined Hardaway in double figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Michigan shot the ball well in the game (.492), but Duke was just a little bit better (.565).
Three players finished in double figures for UCLA on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to get past Kansas. The Bruins were led by Tyler Lamb's 15 points, as he was 4-of-6 shooting from the floor. Jerime Andersen was right behind with 14 points, while Reeves Nelson added 12 points in the loss. The Bruins struggled in the first half against Chaminade and once again had trouble shooting the basketball, hitting just .364 from the field, a number that was actually enhanced by an 8-of-14 showing from behind the arc. Offensive consistency has plagued the Bruins in the early stages of the season. Coming into second-round action, the team was averaging a pedestrian 72.0 ppg and just 43.2-percent shooting accuracy.