Gameday: at UC Santa Barbara

Aaron Valdes was in green last time UH won at the Thunderdome in 2016. / Photo by Darrell Miho, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Round and round the Big West free for all goes.

The BWC remains as tight as ever near the conference midpoint, with six teams at or within a half game of first place — UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. Irvine helped muddle an already congested race on Wednesday, winning at the Pyramid.

UH (13-6, 4-2) is tied in for fewest losses with Davis and UCSB heading into today’s 5 p.m. (HST) matchup at the Thunderdome. But the Rainbow Warriors, who haven’t dropped back-to-back games all year, have their work cut out for them to keep that distinction alive. UCSB, with its potent starting five, is favored by six against a team that hasn’t been on the mainland in a month. That’s down from 8.5 yesterday.

The live stream is here.

Guard Brocke Stepteau, who’s missed the last two games with the right finger injury he suffered in UH’s 77-76 home win over the Gauchos a couple weeks ago, will likely play, perhaps off the bench.

The ‘Bows can make a statement that they’re there to stay for the rest of the race if they can pull off the upset today. If not, they’ll be looking for a split at Cal Poly on Saturday.

Containing Max Heidegger, the BWC’s leading scorer, is a challenge, but not impossible. UH did an admirable job of that in the first half in Honolulu, although he finished with 22 thanks to an explosive second half. Gibson Johnson led UH last time around with 18 points, while Stepteau was key with 12 before he went out hurt (and later returned to help his team close out the game).

UH is 2-3 at the Thunderdome in Big West games, last winning there in 2016. UCSB (16-5, 5-2) is unbeaten there this year at 9-0.

Meanwhile, the Rainbow Wahine basketball team (9-12, 2-6) tips off at Cal Poly (11-8, 5-2) looking to make it two in a row, and extend their winning streak over the Mustangs to seven games. You can watch their live stream here.


  1. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 5:01 pm

    I am currently watching the Hawaii/UCSB webcast.

    I had no idea Hawaii was playing the Chicago Bulls.

  2. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 5:35 pm

    Way to go, Zigmars.

    Four consecutive points; a layup and two free throws to close the deficit to one.

    Arguably, on Hawaii’s next possession, he should have taken the shot instead of kicking it out to Purchase, who missed a wide-open three.

  3. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 5:38 pm

    Hawaii is down eight because Raimo and Leland Green are leading the way.

  4. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 5:56 pm

    Second half is starting.

    C’mon, surprise me, Hawaii.

    I turned off MSNBC for you.

  5. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 6:05 pm

    Raimo with the block.

    Nice job.

  6. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 6:25 pm


    You hit somebody in the face with the ball, you turn the ball over in the next possession.

  7. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 6:37 pm

    Brocke can hit a three with seven fingers.

  8. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 6:50 pm

    Hawaii is competing.

  9. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 6:56 pm

    Stepteau is playing lights out.

    What a great pass to Thomas.

  10. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 7:00 pm

    What do you think, Mr. McInnis?

    Did they purposely give CSUN an extra point in order to ice Mike Thomas at the line?

  11. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 7:04 pm

    That Drammeh shot was not on the ground.

    I saw the replay.

    The announcers saw the replay.

    They are not objective like Hawaii’s guys.

  12. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 7:05 pm

    Nice shot, Purchase.

    I will forget the missed three at Long Beach.

  13. cappie the dog February 1, 2018 7:10 pm

    All Hawaii needed was a timeout.


  14. Brian McInnis February 1, 2018 8:33 pm

    Deep breaths there, Cappie.

    Great game from both teams. UH for sure had its chances and you gotta credit them for not quitting late in regulation and again in OT.

    Unfortunately for the Bows, just like that, they drop to sixth. Fortunately for the Bows, they’re just a game out of first in the loss column.

  15. roygbivs February 1, 2018 9:37 pm

    3days in March…

    No moral victory

  16. cappie the dog February 2, 2018 4:01 am


    Three days in March.

    The regular season is practically meaningless if your non-conference schedule puts you out of contention for both NCAA and NIT consideration.

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