While the 2012 Maui Invitational Field may not be as top-heavy as in recent years, those who make the trip to Hawaii in November will still see a handful of talented teams with postseason aspirations.
Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, and Illinois all had underclassmen selected in this year's NBA Draft, which has hurt the talent pool and preseason expectations of these teams. Marquette had two seniors selected in the second round, while Butler lost players to the draft the previous two seasons.
As always, Chaminade is the tournament's host, and as a Divison II school is the only non-power conference team in the field besides Butler who recently moved to the Atlantic 10. The tournament's preliminary games start November 9th, while the team's will play in Maui from November 19th-21st.