LAHAINA, Hawaii -- While you were sleeping Friday night, the No. 1-ranked Duke basketball team completed its 4,700-mile, 12-hour flight from Durham to Maui.
The five-time Maui Invitational champion Blue Devils arrived at 1 a.m. ET (8 p.m. HT) and were greeted by the Maui locals with leis at the airport. It was then a 45-minute bus ride across the island to the Maui Westin Resort & Spa -- Duke's headquarters for the next week.
"That was a quick flight mate," said junior Jack White, a native of Australia, who needs a nearly 24-hour flight to get home from Durham.
Duke opens play in its sixth Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday versus San Diego State at 5 p.m. ET (12 p.m. HT) on ESPN2. The eight teams competing in Maui have a number of welcome events planned for Saturday and Sunday, and each team will practice both days.
The Blue Devils departed from RDU on a charter flight at 11 a.m.ET on Friday, stopped for a brief re-fuel in Los Angeles before pulling up to the gate in Maui nearly 14 hours later.