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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Football Throwbacks: Navy

By Brian McInnis on September 1, 2018

Hawaii and today’s opponent, Navy, don’t have the deepest history. UH leads the head-to-head series 2-1. But one of those three meetings — the first — possessed plenty of significance beyond the Maryland-based service academy’s ties with the islands’ strong military presence. UH, under first-year coach June Jones, was in the process of putting together what was then the biggest turnaround season in NCAA football history. This meeting with the Midshipmen at Aloha Stadium on Nov. 20, 1999, came after the Rainbow […]

Nagatani Center unusable, for now

By Brian McInnis on August 30, 2018

Since 2013, the sparkling, renovated Nagatani Academic Center has been a facility the UH athletic department can point to with pride. That pride was dampened on Tuesday, when a torrential downpour, a remnant of Hurricane Lane, caused severe water damage to the Gym II practice facility, which lies above the student-athlete academic center and some adjacent women’s locker rooms. You might have read about it in Thursday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser. Athletic director David Matlin, who personally helped salvage […]

Wahine hoops schedule released

By Brian McInnis on August 29, 2018

Well, this is new. For the first time in her seven-year Hawaii coaching career, Laura Beeman will open a regular season … at home. So it was revealed in the 2018-19 Hawaii women’s basketball schedule announced Wednesday. UH hosts Pepperdine on Nov. 6 — on the new, earlier NCAA-approved start date for all schools — at the Stan Sheriff Center, as part of a 16-game home schedule that includes Pac-12 powerhouse Stanford (Nov. 25). I am excited about our 2018-2019 schedule! This […]

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 […]