So the Bearcats are not off to a great start at the Maui Invitational.
They were swept by Vanderbilt in an Xbox tournament at the EA Sports Players Party at the Sheraton Maui Resort.
Each of the eight teams had two players compete in EA Sports' NCAA Basketball game against an opponent they will face for real on Monday.
UC was represented by Deonta Vaughn (the team's senior leader) and Darnell Wilks (supposedly the Bearcats best video gamer).
Unfortunately, Deonta lost to Vanderbilt's Darshawn McClellan 23-15 and Darnell was defeated by the Commodores' Andre Walker 27-23.
Let's hope the Bearcats fare better when it counts on Monday at 5:30.
By the way, if video games had been that realistic when I was a kid, I would have never left the house. One of the UC players was playing a home game at Fifth Third Arena and the attention to detail was so incredible that the only thing missing was my bald head on press row.
The player's party was quite the shindig. I sat at a table with Gonzaga coach Mark Few and within minutes he was asking about the likelihood of Brian Kelly going to Notre Dame.
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The festivities continue on Sunday. The head coaches compete in a free throw shooting contest at 8:30 in the morning and there's a Hawaiian Luau featuring remarks by all eight coaches that will be emceed by ESPN's Bill Raftery on Sunday night.
I'll have all of the details from paradise.
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