Most hardcore college basketball fans know the story of tiny Division II school Chaminade having one of the most historic upsets in NCAA history. The year was 1982 and the 900 person school was facing off against Virginia. Two things Virginia had were a #1 ranking and a 7-4 center named Ralph Sampson, who was en route to his third straight national player of the year award. They left with a 77-72 defeat in Hawaii, one that the national media had a hard time believing and goes down as one of the ultimate David versus Goliath stories.
Flash forward to the EA Sports Maui Invitational, an event that Chaminade hosts every year. Going into this years Invitational, Chaminade had a 6-76 record. One always remembers that this school has beaten improbable odds and they did so last night against the Texas Longhorns. In a game that even the Chaminade website had awarded to Texas, the Silverswords won 86-73 in yet another big upset.
Texas is of course missing high profile PG Myck Kabongo, still having his fate decided by the NCAA over a trip he took to visit friend Tristan Thompson in Cleveland. Nonetheless, the Longhorns had defeated two Division I opponents before losing to Chaminade. DeAndre Haskins finished with 32 points and 9 rebounds for the Silverswords in what will be a game he will never forget. Freshman Javan Felix, Myck Kabongo's fill in at the point, finished with 17 points and 5 assists, while Sheldon McClellan chipped in 14. The Longhorns effort was chastised, but all credit given to the giant killers of Chaminade for another impressive upset of a much larger school.