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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The Lahaina Civic Center sits on a hill above Honoapiilani Highway in western Maui, barely visible among the tropical trees and police station.

Discount Falcons Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .The outside of the building is nondescript even up close, looking more like a school auditorium than a basketball arena. Same thing on the inside, with its upstairs, YMCA-style lockers and cage-like windows overlooking the court.Yet every November, the Lahaina Civic Center transforms into something else: one of college basketballs most raucous venues.Its like a high school gym being there, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Sunday, the eve of the Maui Invitational. The noise is loud, people are close to you. I think its neat. This time of year you want to play in front of an excited crowd, an arena where everything is close. Theres just so much you can gain from an experience like this and in a building like that. Theres really nothing like it.The Maui Invitational has become the top in-season tournament on the college basketball schedule, annually luring some of the best teams from across the country to the second-largest island in the Hawaiian chain.This years eight-team field has combined for 14 national championships and 40 Final Fours, and three teams are ranked in the top 10 of The Associated Press poll : No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 9 Wisconsin.The three-day tournament, which starts Monday, also includes Tennessee, Oklahoma State, UConn, Georgetown and host Chaminade.At the center of this basketball-topia is the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center.Built in 1972, the building is used as a public civic center 50 weeks out of the year, hosting high school basketball leagues, volleyball games, karate practices and community events.The two weeks of the Maui Invitational brings some changes to the civic center -- signs and banners, TV lights, cushioned chairs in front of the bleachers -- but its still nowhere near matching the massive, modern arenas found across the rest of college basketball. It didnt even have air conditioning until the 2005 tournament -- after North Carolina coach Roy Williams complained about condensation on the floor.Its hard to adapt an old building with such character into a 2016 basketball arena that everyones used to, said Mark Starsiak, director of events for KemperLesnik, which operates the Maui Invitational.I tell teams every year: `Its the most unique experience youll have walking from the locker room all season. If you have any questions, Ill try to answer them.Calling the Lahaina Civic Center quirky is like saying basketball players are tall.The court, outside of the massive Maui Invitational logo at midcourt, is like a high school hardwood, with volleyball court and vertical basketball lines crisscrossing the court.The seats are like something out of Hoosiers, old bleachers that are practically on top of the court and only go up a dozen-or-so rows.The locker rooms are unlike anything in college basketball.Those are on the second floor, up a narrow stairwell that leads to a common area with taekwondo and wrestling lines on the floor, with nothing but a black curtain separating the teams. The common room also has cage-like windows that overlook the floor, though the view has been obscured a bit with the massive Hawaiian-themed banner at the west side of the arena.The lockers are the old, metal bring-your-own variety, with four concrete chairs, a single whiteboard and showers that dont always work.Because of the small confines, teams waiting for the next game have to set up in the common area and often can be seen at the bottom of the stairwells as the previous game is about to end.Leave your strategy for the hotel because your opponent is right through there, Starsiak said, pointing at the black curtain. Anything you say can and will be used against you on the court.With all the pampering teams and players usually get, it might seem like the civic centers inconveniences would be a drawback.Instead, the quirkiness and quaintness adds to the charm of the building and the tournament, often making the players feel like theyre back in high school.And because of the venues size, the noise and atmosphere inside the Lahaina Civic Center is like nothing else in college basketball.The environments great, Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. The fans are right on top of you, you feel the emotion of the fans the whole time. Much like this entire tournament, the game is a unique experience.---For more AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org ;Womens Falcons Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. Wholesale Falcons Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from.http://www.cheapfalconsjerseyschina.com//>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead.Teddy Sheringham was full of praise for young Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who has enjoyed an excellent start to his young career. The teenager has scored five times since making his Reds debut in late February and Sheringham believes the 19-year-old has a great future ahead of him.The former United forward, who turned 50 on Saturday, said of Rashford: He does have something about him, without a doubt. He seems to have been unearthed from nowhere at Manchester United. There was not a lot of talk about him. Teddy Sheringham: Played for United between 1997 and 2001 When Michael Owen came in all those years ago, I think a lot of people knew about him beforehand and were expecting him to come on the scene and just explode. Thats exactly what he did.With Rashford, he seems to have come from nowhere and he definitely knows where the net is. It is fantastic to have another one coming through the ranks. He has got a bit of pace, gets in behind, but just being at the right place at the right time is a knack for any striker.You can teach it but if yoou have that born into you, its a lovely knack to have. Falcons Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. e seems to be scoring all types of goals at the moment, which is great to see. He seems to have been unearthed from nowhere. Teddy on Marcus And Sheringham, who was part of Uniteds treble winners in 1999, believes the battle for fourth spot in the Premier League is hard to call.He added: Another one of my old teams, West Ham, are vying for that spot. Youd like to think that the experience of Manchester United would get them into the top four.But West Ham are playing with such composure at the moment, and belief, that it could be their position as well.Obviously, Manchester City will have something to say about that. They are a formidable team with outstanding players, so it makes it exciting for that little slot.You can watch Manchester United in action against Everton on Super Sunday.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. 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