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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2018-19 Rainbow Wahine basketball preview

By Brian McInnis on November 6, 2018

The Hawaii women’s basketball team hopes to reverse course beginning tonight against Pepperdine to launch the 2018-19 season. UH, 12-18 the last two seasons, lost top scorer Sarah Toeaina but has its Nos. 2 through 9 scorers back. Here’s what ran in today’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser, as seventh-year coach Laura Beeman resolved her team would be better this season. The Wahine are counting on versatility as a strong suit this season. “We’ve got a lot of different lineups […]

Football Throwbacks: Utah State

By Brian McInnis on November 3, 2018

There’s throwbacks, and then there’s all-the-way-backs. Today’s edition of Warrior World’s “Football Throwbacks” is decidedly the latter. The first meeting between Hawaii and today’s opponent, Utah State, occurred back in 1927 — representing one of the first all-collegiate matchups to occur on Oahu. USU, ranked No. 18 going into today’s matchup at Aloha Stadium, has decisively gotten the better of UH since the two made the transition from the WAC to the Mountain West. The Aggies are 3-0 in MWC matchups, […]

‘Raimoceros’ leads UH charge over HPU

By Brian McInnis on November 2, 2018

Are we living in the Year of the Rhino? It’s a fair question to ask after watching Hawaii forward Zigmars Raimo — “The Raimoceros,” as Kanoa Leahey dubbed him courtside — charge headlong into the fray and come out without so much as a scratch in the Rainbow Warriors’ 81-45 exhibition victory over Hawaii Pacific on Friday night. The 6-foot-8 junior, a role player by reputation the last two years, looks poised for a breakout season. Raimo beasted his way to […]

UH looks to posts post-Toeaina

By Brian McInnis on November 1, 2018

The size disparity will almost certainly not be as glaring as it was on Thursday, when Hawaii was head and shoulders above Hawaii Hilo in a preseason exhibition at the Stan Sheriff Center. But UH thinks it has something it can turn to in the post-Sarah Toeaina chapter of Rainbow Wahine basketball — posts. The Rainbow Wahine tuned up for their 2018-19 season opener by towering over the overmatched Vulcans, 62-26, in front of a smattering of fans and other onlookers […]

Strom-Okimoto is offensive player of the year

By Brian McInnis on October 31, 2018

Emotions were still a bit raw for the Hawaii soccer team a few days removed from its season-ending home loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. As pick-me-ups go, Wednesday’s Big West Conference awards announcement did quite nicely. Senior striker Raisa Strom-Okimoto became Hawaii’s first Big West offensive player of the year, and she was joined by sophomore Lei Medeiros on the All-BWC first team. Goalkeeper Lex Mata was a Big West honorable mention and center back Elena Palacios made […]

Raimo Reason: Lead through physicality

By Brian McInnis on October 30, 2018

After a recent weightlifting session, Zigmars Raimo laid out exactly how he was trying to help Hawaii’s young triad of 7-footers become Division I-ready players. Beat their okoles through sheer physicality. “I’m trying to do my best, because yeah, at first Gibson (Johnson) and Mike (Thomas) was beating my ass in the practice,” Raimo, a 6-7 junior, said of his freshman and sophomore seasons. “So I’m trying to do the same thing to Mate (Colina) and Dawson (Carper) and Owen […]

UH falls on senior day

By Brian McInnis on October 28, 2018

A very tough weekend for University of Hawaii sports ended the same way. After the UH football and volleyball teams had disappointing shortcomings — the Rainbow Warriors lost 50-20 at Fresno State for their third straight loss and the Rainbow Wahine were swept at home by UC Santa Barbara to put a severe damper on their postseason hopes — the UH soccer team had a chance to get one back for Manoa. Alas, it could not. With a festive crowd on hand […]

Football Throwbacks: Fresno State

By Brian McInnis on October 27, 2018

Fifty. Count ’em, 50 times the Hawaii football team has taken on rival Fresno State prior to today’s matchup at Bulldog Stadium. That’s the most of any Rainbow Warriors opponent, leaving us with the biggest selection from which to choose the “Football Throwbacks” game of the week. The teams first played in 1938 and also have the longest continuous series by year of any UH foe, having met for 26 straight years (27 including today) on a football field going […]