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Gameday: Utah Valley

By Brian McInnis on December 17, 2017

In what’s considered a toss-up game, Hawaii has a hurdle to clear in the form of Utah Valley before it settles in for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Utah Valley (7-4), a former junior college program that formerly went by Utah Valley State, has been in Division I for 15 years. The Wolverines have steadily been on the rise under third-year coach Mark Pope, who’s brought in a bevy of D-I and junior college transfers. UVU doesn’t do a […]

Ganot’s ongoing quest

By Brian McInnis on December 14, 2017

Eran Ganot continues to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to the Coaches vs. Cancer movement. UH basketball has its next CvsC fundraiser lined up, and it’s next Wednesday (6:30 to 8 p.m.) at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach. It’s $100 per person to attend. Besides Ganot, Hall of Fame coach Mike Montgomery (the father of UH assistant John) will be there, plus to-be-determined coaches in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. There will be a […]

Gameday: Hawaii Hilo

By Brian McInnis on December 9, 2017

Let us pause and take a moment of appreciation for the Hawaii basketball team’s steadiest performer. That would be fourth-year junior point guard Brocke Stepteau, the 5-foot-9 walk-on wonder who delivered once again for the Rainbow Warriors coming off the bench on Wednesday night. Stepteau is shooting an eye-popping 64.5 percent from the field through seven games for UH (5-2) going into tonight’s contest against Hawaii Hilo at the Stan Sheriff Center. His season-high 16 points on 3-for-5 shooting (7-for-8 […]

Gameday: Prairie View A&M

By Brian McInnis on December 6, 2017

Hawaii’s seven-game homestand through the month of December begins now, against Prairie View A&M of the SWAC. Drew Buggs is back in the starting lineup after his season-high 14-point game in Saturday’s 20-point loss at Utah. Will the season trend — the point guard coming off the bench outplaying the starter — endure tonight? Brocke Stepteau has been very steady in almost any situation. UH (4-2) actually has a pretty strong RPI — it was 120 as of the start of […]

Gameday: at Utah

By Brian McInnis on December 2, 2017

UPDATED FINAL: Utah 80, Hawaii 60. UH (4-2) drops to 1-23 all time at the Jon H. Huntsman Center in its first visit there since 1999, and first as Utah as a Pac-12 member. —————— As was written in the Star-Advertiser print edition more than once in the last couple of days, Hawaii must buck some serious history if it is to triumph at Utah today in the Rainbow Warriors’ lone nonconference road game of the season. Like, 1-22 all-time […]

Gameday: Nevada

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2017

Of course Hawaii is doing a Greenout on Black Friday. That’s a very Hawaii-esque thing to do. You know what else is? Beating Nevada at home. UH did that with regularity until its last few years in the WAC, when the Wolf Pack went on a 10-game overall streak against the ‘Bows. As it is, UH leads the series in Honolulu 11-5. If UH (3-0) is to remain unbeaten after tonight, it’ll take quite some doing against Nevada (5-0). The […]

Stallworth leaving program

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2017

Jaaron Stallworth’s Hawaii basketball career will go down as a few DNPs. Stallworth is leaving the Rainbow Warriors, according to sources. The third-string point guard has not been at recent practices and is not expected to be on the bench for UH’s matchup with Nevada tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore who transferred from Yuba College will likely look to transfer out at the semester break. The Elk Grove, Calif., native did not appear in UH’s […]

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 […]