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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Gameday: UC Davis

By Brian McInnis on January 20, 2018

Hawaii will be without its most clutch shot-maker, guard Brocke Stepteau, for tonight’s pivotal Big West game against UC Davis. The winner will likely assume control of first place in the conference, if Long Beach State can hang on to a 17-point halftime lead at home and beat Cal State Fullerton. Stepteau, UH’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.9 ppg, is in street clothes recovering from the finger fracture on his right hand. He’s got the hand wrapped up nice and tight […]

Gameday: UC Santa Barbara

By Brian McInnis on January 13, 2018

Everyone still alive out there? The stakes were very high this morning for the now infamous false alarm on the ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Well, that kind of puts tonight’s Big West matchup with UC Santa Barbara in a bit of a different light. The stakes are high in the Big West, but, well, you know what I mean. It’s Star Wars night, the longest-running theme night UH has. UH (11-5, 2-1 Big West) is coming off its two […]

Gameday: Cal Poly

By Brian McInnis on January 10, 2018

A collection of 3-point-popping guys clad in green descend on the Stan Sheriff Center tonight. I’m not talking about Hawaii. Cal Poly, the most attuned team to the 3-ball in the Big West, is the visitor tonight for the first game in a four-game homestand. The Mustangs shoot 37 percent from long distance as a team, and have attempted 400 this season (compared to 308 for UH). UH (10-5, 1-1 Big West) has won the last five over the Mustangs […]

Gameday: at Cal State Northridge

By Brian McInnis on January 6, 2018

Hawaii has dropped five straight games on the mainland going back to last season. Fortunately for the Rainbow Warriors, playing at the Matadome of Cal State Northridge has worked as a cure-all for road ailments the last three years. They last lost at the 1,600-seat crackerbox gym in 2014. UH (9-5, 0-1 BWC) and CSUN (3-11, 0-0) meet at 5 p.m. HST in an ESPN3-broadcast game. The Rainbow Warriors are 7.5-point favorites coming off their eight-point loss at Long Beach […]

Gameday: at Long Beach State

By Brian McInnis on January 4, 2018

Is this the breakthrough year for Hawaii at Long Beach State? With UH (9-4, 0-1 away) tabbed a slight favorite today (1.5 points), perhaps it could be. LBSU (6-10, 3-2 home) was remade significantly from last season, when it went 2-1 against UH (including back-to-back wins in the regular-season finale and the BWC tournament first round). The guard trio of Justin Bibbins, Evan Payne and Noah Blackwell is gone. But the bruising beach frontcourt should come across as very familiar. […]

New Year’s resolutions 2018

By Brian McInnis on January 1, 2018

Happy New Year, all. The Hawaii basketball team closed 2017 on a strong note, besting Howard by 25 points. It was about as much of a feel-good UH could have asked for, with scoring from multiple sources — most notably a Jack Purchase breakout game — and the kind of overall shooting effort that has been rare this season. But you can always resolve to do better. In that spirit, here are a few things the Rainbow Warriors can aspire to in […]

Gameday: Howard

By Brian McInnis on December 29, 2017

Last time Howard of the MEAC graced the Stan Sheriff Center, Hawaii laid down a 35-point beatdown on the Bison, thanks to an Aaron Valdes triple-double and a 31-point effort by Roderick Bobbitt. Don’t expect it to be quite as lopsided this time around. Howard has two dynamite scorers, R.J. Cole and Charles Williams, who combine for exactly 40 points per game. Last time around, it was guard James Daniel III, who averaged 29, but he’s now a graduate transfer […]

DHC in review, and rearview

By Brian McInnis on December 27, 2017

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic has a way of revealing a team’s shortcomings over a four-day period of the holidays. A Christmas crucible, if you will. Consider the Rainbow Warriors’ second-half woes exposed. UH finished sixth place (1-2) in its signature eight-team event, with ill-timed lapses after intermission the deciding factor in losses to then-No. 6 Miami in the first round, then Princeton in the fifth-place game on Christmas Day. UH was tied at the half in both games. […]