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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Early look at the numbers

By Brian McInnis on November 14, 2017

Everyone caught their breath after the last 48 hours of pulse-pounding finishes at the Stan Sheriff Center? UH fended off the hard charges of North Dakota (81-78) and Troy (72-67, OT) on Sunday and Monday, improving to 3-0 for the second time in three years under Eran Ganot. It was the 15th Outrigger Rainbow Classic title overall for the host team (in 53 editions), and sixth in eight editions as a four-team round-robin tournament. UH’s season statistics are interesting thus […]

Gameday: Troy

By Brian McInnis on November 13, 2017

After his career-best night against North Dakota, forward Mike Thomas had some final thoughts on how his team can go 3-0 in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic by beating Troy tonight. “We gotta defend for a full 40 and not put guys on the line,” said Thomas, who went for 29 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 12-for-16 against the Fighting hHawks. “We’re still committing little silly fouls, hand fouls. They’re calling it pretty tight. To start the year, they […]

Gameday: North Dakota

By Brian McInnis on November 12, 2017

They’re not the Fighting Sioux or the Fighting Nobodies. They’re the Fighting Hawks. North Dakota feels established with its new nickname and identity coming off some controversy in recent seasons. (They had to ditch the Fighting Sioux name because it was deemed offensive, and have been the Fighting Hawks since 2015 after going without any name at all for a few years. But if you have a guy named Geno Crandall, who’s able to go for 37 points in a […]

Gameday: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

By Brian McInnis on November 10, 2017

UH takes on nonconference scheduling staple Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the 2017-18 season opener.

UH makes big signings official

By Brian McInnis on November 9, 2017

Hawaii just landed perhaps its largest signing class ever. Not in terms of number of players brought in, but rather in sheer size of the recruits. The Rainbow Warriors gain players standing 6-11, 6-11 and 7-0 with the additions of Mate Colina, Owen Hulland and Dawson Carper made official by UH on Thursday. The plan is still for Colina to arrive at the semester break (once he finishes up the Australian high school system) and sit out games the spring […]

Who gets the nod vs. HPU?

By Brian McInnis on November 1, 2017

Who’s it gonna be? The Hawaii starting lineup and rotation for tonight’s exhibition against Hawaii Pacific is anyone’s best guess. You could see many as nine different Rainbow Warriors getting the nod for the first five, based on who’s played with the first group in recent days. The ‘Bows have indulged in some lineup potpourri, sometimes with as many as three guys with UH starting experience playing on the second unit. Regardless of who’s out there first, UH’s anticipation for […]

A trip down memory lane

By Brian McInnis on October 27, 2017

Eran Ganot talks all the time about the history of the Hawaii basketball program, and honoring it. A lot of times doing so is an intangible act, a frame of mind. Not this time. This time it feels very tangible. The Rainbow Warriors recently completed a Ganot project — spearheaded by assistant coach John Montgomery and SID Neal Iwamoto — to honor all 13 of UH’s past NCAA or NIT teams by giving each a unique plaque. They went up […]

‘Bows picked fifth

By Brian McInnis on October 26, 2017

Hawaii basketball was picked to land right where it left off in 2016-17 — fifth. But hey, that beats the Big West prediction put forth last year, when the ‘Bows were tabbed eighth with basically nobody coming back. UH’s 2017-18 preseason poll placement still might be a little low, but it’s not terribly surprising given a perceived lack of singular star power (no ‘Bows were picked to the preseason all-conference team). You kind of got the sense that the Big […]