Court Sense

Expanded coverage of Rainbow Warriors basketball, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Big West Conference.

About the blog host

Brian McInnis has covered sports on Oahu full time since 2007, when he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin staff as a general reporter. He’s been the UH basketball beat writer since the 2008-09 season. In his free time, Brian enjoys hilarious Internet videos. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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5-on-4 madness ensues between UH, HPU

By Brian McInnis on December 10, 2018

Something very rare happened near the tail end of Sunday afternoon’s crossover contest between the Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific women’s basketball teams at the Stan Sheriff Center. HPU, which suited up only eight players, had four players foul out. That meant the Sharks played the final 1:38 with only four players on the court. Yep, 5-on-4 madness ensued at the SSC. The bizarre occurrence did not swing the outcome — directly, at least. The game was already decided by the time […]

‘Bows survive a Vulcan scare

By Brian McInnis on December 8, 2018

The collective vibe of those leaving the Stan Sheriff Center: relief and concern. Maybe more of the latter than the former. The final from Saturday night: Hawaii 82, Hawaii Hilo 75. It was, by far, the closest a UH-UHH game came at the Sheriff. Never had the Division II Vulcans played the Rainbows within single digits in 11 official all-time meetings. This was a program UH pasted by 51 points five years ago. For a victory, it was a dim […]

UH vs. UHH, an annotated history

By Brian McInnis on December 8, 2018

We’re approaching mid-December, which can mean only one thing. It’s time for the Hawaii-Hawaii Hilo grudge match! In all seriousness, this now-annual series has not been competitive, even as Division I-II crossover games go — the average margin of victory is 25 points for Manoa in the last six meetings. Manoa’s little brother Hilo is here for the sixth straight year, and the two are meeting up for a regular-season game for the seventh time in eight years. But that […]

Wahine undertake Mission: December

By Brian McInnis on December 6, 2018

On the surface, it sounds impossible. A 1-7 team — a team that’s struggled to close out winnable games — with designs on a 5-0 run through its December schedule? “Yeah, good luck with that,” you might say. But that’s exactly what the Rainbow Wahine basketball team envisioned going into Wednesday’s matchup with former WAC foe Idaho at the Stan Sheriff Center. After holding on for a 69-61 win over the Vandals that snapped a three-game losing streak, UH players Tia […]

How have ‘Bows fared at Pac-12 schools?

By Brian McInnis on November 27, 2018

With the Hawaii men’s basketball team taking on UCLA at historic Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday, now might be a good time to examine how the Rainbow Warriors have fared historically in road games against the Pac-12 Conference. The first thing one notices poring through the UH media guide is that there’ve been almost none of them in the 21st century. In fact, going into Wednesday, there’ve been all but three true UH road games against the westernmost Power Five league […]

‘Bows eke out rare win at San Diego State

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2018

How about that? For the first time since 1989, Hawaii football beat San Diego State in a conference game. And for the first time since 1988, the Rainbow Warriors did it in San Diego. A dramatic game of see-sawed emotions ended with UH topping the Aztecs 31-30 in overtime when backup quarterback Ryan Agnew’s fade-route pass attempt went long on a 2-point conversion. INSTANT HIGHLIGHTS: Hawai'i vs SDSU pic.twitter.com/87Zjvtwn6G — Mountain West (@MountainWest) November 25, 2018 UH concluded the regular […]

Wins proving hard to come by

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2018

There were a couple moments when it looked like the Hawaii women’s basketball team could rally all the way back from 22 points down against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. Those moments were either followed by a turnover or some other sort of missed opportunity, or just came plain too late. FCGU held on to win 73-67 on the second day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. UH (1-6) continues to be frustrated in its nonconference schedule heading into Sunday’s 2:30 […]

Football Throwbacks: San Diego State

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2018

You can’t do a Hawaii-San Diego State “Football Throwbacks” entry without acknowledging the existence of one Marshall William Faulk. So, sorry Rainbow Warriors fans, this week’s submission might be painful — much like the UH-SDSU series as a whole. The Aztecs, who absolutely dominated the Rainbows in the 1990s WAC (winning nine straight from 1990 to 1998), have also gotten the better of the ‘Bows in the Mountain West, having won all six meetings there thanks to a seemingly nonstop procession […]