Full schedule released

Hawaii coach Eran Ganot announced the 2017-18 schedule on Monday. (Star-Advertiser, 2016)

When Hawaii released its full 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule today, there were only a few (four, to be exact) games that hadn’t been announced or reported anywhere.

Well, if you were holding out hope that those well-kept secrets were a Power Five juggernaut … sorry. Not this year.

Behind Door No. 1 … Adams State. The Grizzlies, who you may not have heard of, are a Division II team from Colorado and were already going to be in town to play one of the local D-II teams. This will be the first time UH plays them in an official game. Probably any game, for that matter.

Door No. 2 … Hawaii Hilo. This one is no surprise, and was frankly just a matter of what date the Bows and Vulcans would hammer out. It is the sixth time in seven years (and fifth straight) UH has tapped its sister school for a regular-season game.

Door No. 3 … Utah Valley. The Wolverines of the modern-day WAC have never played the Bows, so they’ve got that going for them as a fresh face, at least. They were a passable team last season at 17-17, RPI of 180. But they shan’t move the meter when it comes to interest.

Door No. 4 … Howard. The Bison of the MEAC were one of the worst Division I teams last year, going 10-24 and sporting an RPI of 339. When they rolled into the Stan Sheriff two seasons ago, they had the leading scorer in the country in James Daniel III and UH still beat them by 35.

You can scope the full schedule and a basic summary here.

Frankly, it’s not great to see a reversion to two Division II opponents (Adams State, who?) after that was cut back to one last season. UH coach Eran Ganot said in an interview today he approaches that on a year-to-year basis.

Ganot also said he is optimistic he can get schedules out sooner in the offseason with more compelling matchups in seasons to come. It sounds like this will be the last of Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s appearances for the foreseeable future.

Your biggest games at home this year will be Nevada (Nov. 24) and Miami (Dec. 22), and possibly another game or two in the Diamond Head Classic. Thankfully, UH is also going back on the road for the single nonconference game at Utah (Dec. 2).

It’s also possible that North Dakota and Troy will provide a reasonable test in the Rainbow Classic, despite a lack of name cachet.

No word yet if the final game of the Rainbow (Troy) will be an ESPN College Hoops Tip-off Marathon game.

Asked if this schedule provided the ideal level of challenge, Ganot said: “Yeah … we’ve got two NCAA Tournament teams in the Rainbow, I don’t know when the last time that’s happened. The Diamond Head Classic field will have at least two top-25 teams. A lot of people talk about USC as a top-10 team and Miami as a top-25 team. Davidson won 17 games and they’ve been an NCAA team, primarily. Everybody else has won 20 or more games. Middle Tennessee won 31 and Akron won 27. It’s a really competitive field. And then you talk about the road trip to Utah, all that before conference play starts. I think we took a step this year.”

As for the Big West, it’s about the usual. UH starts and ends on the road — it is the fourth straight year they end the regular season on the mainland — so they’ll be able to hop straight to the Big West tournament again. There’s one four-game homestand in between.

Long Beach State, with a heavily rebuilt roster, will be a stiff first test on the road Jan. 4. That, of course, is the only place the Bows haven’t won as a league member. And LBSU dealt UH two straight losses to end 2017.

What do you think? Will you put your money down for this schedule? Feel free to comment below.

COMMENTS

  1. HawaiiMongoose August 21, 2017 8:14 pm

    Excluding the exhibition game, one D-II opponent on the schedule is acceptable. Two, in my opinion, is not. I’ve been a season-ticket holder for 24 years and I intend to renew again, but not happily.

    Ganot and Matlin need to make some home-and-home deals with quality western Division I opponents. PAC-12 schools may not bite but we ought to be able to get more MWC schools on the schedule.


  2. HawaiiMongoose August 21, 2017 8:43 pm

    By the way Brian, is the November 13th game against Troy expected to be part of ESPN’s annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (in which case we should expect a late-evening start time and national coverage)?


  3. Brian McInnis August 21, 2017 9:21 pm

    Hey Mongoose,

    It’s a possibility; it sounds like it could go either way with that, pending ESPN pulling the trigger on another Tip-off Marathon. As we know pretty well at this point, things at the Worldwide Leader aren’t the same (in terms of personnel, revenue, etc.) that they used to be. But if ESPN does it again, you can bet UH will be a part of it.


  4. HawaiiMongoose August 21, 2017 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the response Brian. I’ve already arranged to take a vacation day on November 14th… just in case!


  5. roygbivs September 17, 2017 5:48 pm

    The scheduled of opponents have been lackluster to say the least over the last five season, I’ve relinquished my season tickets this season, a difficult decision I made. With many universities/colleges out there to choose from why can’t we scheduled better games?


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