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

Latest news

Breaking down the 2018-19 nonconference

By Brian McInnis on August 15, 2018

It’s here. On the heels of UCLA announcing that UH will play at Pauley Pavilion this season, UH was compelled to release its entire 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule. And, honestly, at this point there were only a couple of gaps to fill in. Well, those two remaining gaps (Mississippi Valley State and Alabama A&M) were pretty underwhelming. Then again, UCLA is UCLA, whether it’s home or away. Without further ado, a game-by-game look at the 2018-19 nonconference slate. Nov. 2: […]

A slice of Humboldt pie

By Brian McInnis on August 13, 2018

Back in the 2015-16 season, UH Hilo made a guest appearance in the round-robin format of the modern Rainbow Classic, playing Montana State, which word had it did not want to play Coastal Carolina, a late addition to the field. That was it for the Vulcans; they obliged for that one game vs. the MSU Bobcats and went back to the Big Island, although they returned to play Manoa in a stand-alone game the next month. Three years later, it […]

Leahey gets fitting sendoff

By Brian McInnis on August 12, 2018

The jokes were many, the laughter hearty, the tributes genuine. Legendary Hawaii sportscaster Jim Leahey, “the voice of UH athletics,” received a fitting retirement sendoff at The Willows restaurant on Sunday. Those who gave speeches (in person or remote) included his son, Kanoa, who MC’d, Pal Eldredge, Bobby Curran, Rick Blangiardi, Dick Tomey, Larry Beil and Neil Everett. Some of the former coaches in attendance were Dave Shoji, Vince Goo, Bob Wagner and Les Murakami. Current football coach Nick Rolovich […]

Off to a land Down Under

By Brian McInnis on August 8, 2018

After months of advance work, both University of Hawaii basketball teams have left for Down Under — Australia for the Rainbow Warriors, New Zealand and Australia for the Rainbow Wahine. The UH men departed today for Australia (10-hour flight, first stop, Brisbane) while the Rainbow Wahine have already arrived in Auckland (nine-hour flight) and play their first of four games tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. HST (it’ll be 5:30 p.m. Thursday local time in Auckland). For the Wahine game, look for […]

Mills imparts words of wisdom

By Brian McInnis on August 6, 2018

When you’re taking a foreign tour to Australia, whom better to hear advice from than a native Australian? Ten-year NBA veteran Patty Mills has taken a liking to offseasons in Hawaii — a convenient stopping point between his country/continent and the U.S. Mainland — and his friendship and Saint Mary’s ties with UH coach Eran Ganot have meant the San Antonio Spurs guard has been a semi-regular presence around the Stan Sheriff Center during the last few summers. Mills got in a […]

English not done yet

By Brian McInnis on July 30, 2018

Carl English has unfinished business in his homeland. The 37-year-old former Hawaii basketball standout, and reigning National Basketball League MVP, indicated through the Twitter page of his professional team, the St. John’s Edge, that he is game for at least one more season in Canada before calling it a career. “Carl English is back,” said the post, which English retweeted. 🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Ryder, Kirsten and Kylie English have a special announcement!#UnfinishedBusiness@cenglish23 — St. John's Edge (@stjohnsedge) July 30, […]

2018-19 hoops schedule update

By Brian McInnis on July 25, 2018

We’re in the thick of the college basketball schedule waiting game. Right around July and August, 353 Division I programs steadily roll out their nonconference (and sometimes full) slates, usually announcing it on Twitter. About 75 teams have released their out-of-conference schedules so far. Hawaii is not among them; only Long Beach State and UC Irvine have done so among Big West teams. If we go by the first three years of the Eran Ganot era, UH will release its […]

HD League tips off

By Brian McInnis on July 3, 2018

Let the development begin. The Hawaii Development League, or rebranded College Summer League, actually has been going for about a week now with its women’s half of competition. But Monday night at St. Francis School’s gymnasium, the next generation of the long-running league really got going. Local hoops veterans Derrick Low and Kyle Pape spearheaded the renovation/revolution, but got help from others behind the scenes. Many of the old veterans that populated the league, for better or worse, have been […]