Adios Fayetteville, Aloha Hawaii-
"This tournament, it's something you grew up watching as a kid," says Senior Kikko Haydar.
Mike Anderson and his crew touched down in Maui on Thursday to prepare for the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
"It's going to be on TV so everyone wants to play hard and show everybody what they can do. So I think It'll be a real good game for us to come out and play as hard as we can." adds Freshman Bobby Portis.
The Hogs spent the past three days practicing and getting ready for game one against the Cal Bears.
"A team that returns 4 starters from last year. A team that won 21 games. Went deep into the tournament." adds Head Coach Mike Anderson.
But after all they are in Hawaii, you've got to find time to take in the scenery-
"There will be a window there where those guys can kind of do some tourism things," continues Anderson.
With a sponsor like EA Sports, you know there's going to be a Video Game Competition. And yes, the Hogs came out victorious.
"One thing on my mind is to win the whole thing, but at the same time we want to go down there and enjoy ourselves as a team, but we want to win as well." says Senior Mardracus Wade.
Over the next couple of days the Hogs have the opportunity to face top notch competition and hopefully do something they struggled with last year- winning on the road.
"It's a measuring stick and it's going to show us where we are mentally and physically. It's going to show us where we at on defense, and hopefully we can show the world that we are capable of being there and playing against those type of teams." adds Wade.