Bracket racket

Head coach Eran Ganot and players Roderick Bobbitt, Stefan Jankovic and Aaron Valdes posed with the Big West tournament trophy Saturday night.
Head coach Eran Ganot and players Roderick Bobbitt, Stefan Jankovic and Aaron Valdes posed with the Big West tournament trophy Saturday night.

You know the what and the why — Hawaii won the Big West tournament last night to earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002.

Now for the who, when and where.

UH will find out its tournament draw during CBS’ robust two-hour NCAA selection show, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Hawaii time (2:30 p.m. Pacific, for those of you in Anaheim).

UPDATE: UH is a 13 seed in the South Region and will play No. 4 California in Spokane, Wash., at 8 a.m. (HST) on Friday.

Here was the breaking news on it.

The team is holding a viewing party at JT Schmid’s across from the Honda Center. The public is welcome to join the team. UH coach Eran Ganot told his staffers “let’s get them all there.”

Bracket projections all season have had UH as a 13 or a 14 seed. For the last several days, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has had UH as a 14 playing third-seeded Utah in the Denver regional. Yahoo’s Brad Evans has UH as a 14 as well.

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team — congrats to them as well — is flying back to the islands today and will find out its draw on Monday.


Here’s some history on UH’s NCAA appearances:

>> UH is 0-4 all-time in the tournament. The Fabulous Five team of 1971-72 lost 91-64 to Weber State; the Trevor Ruffin-led squad of 1993-94 fell 92-78 to Syracuse; the upstart 2000-01 team dropped a 79-69 decision to ‘Cuse; and the 2001-02 Rainbow Warriors of Savo and English battled Xavier for a while but came apart late in a 70-58 defeat.

>> UH’s seedings for its NCAA appearances: 71-72 (N/A); 93-94 (13); 00-01 (12); 01-02 (10).

>> Where UH got sent: 71-72 (Pocatello, Idaho); 93-94 (Ogden, Utah); 00-01 (Dayton, Ohio); 01-02 (Dallas, Texas).


A dual celebration was in order for UH last night:


  1. Alan Dvorkis March 13, 2016 10:06 am

    This Hawaii team is power rated higher than the best of the Riley Wallace teams. They deserve better than a 13 seed. However, being a rigged, corrupt draw, the committee would never give a non ESPN power school a fair shake. They never have. They never will. In addition, after they get an undeserved low seed, they will play a good team that plays with intelligence. They will NOT PLAY a Tex Tech a No Carolina an Indiana or other schools from power conferences that play with little to no intelligence. Before the billion dollar tv contract, the committee tried to create a fair draw. Now it is about creating a draw that gets the money to the right places. Sad, that was once such a wonderful game, has buckled under the name of greed. Nevertheless, props to Hawaii and their coaching staff on a truly incredible year, under seemingly difficult circumstances

  2. Hoosier March 13, 2016 10:56 am

    Congrats to both men and women’s teams!!! Tough as nails. Tourney games everyone 0-0. Stay hungry and focused. Finally (I gotta say it), wonder if Poorboy is on board yet? No matter, anyone not enjoying this is missing the boat. Go ‘Bows!!

  3. cappie the dog March 13, 2016 3:11 pm


    They’re not in Joe Lunardi’s Last Four Out, and Next Four Out.

    I don’t watch enough Monmouth to have a strong opinion about their omission, but I’ve seen St. Mary’s and they pass the so-called eye test.

    Brad Pineau is angry.

  4. cappie the dog March 13, 2016 4:07 pm

    Ten Favorite Bruce Springsteen Songs

    1. Badlands
    2. Born to Run
    3. Girls in Their Summer Clothes
    4. Thunder Road
    5. Growing Up
    6. Dancing in the Dark
    7. Streets of Philadelphia
    8. Reason to Believe
    9. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    10. Spirit in the Night
    Honorable Mention: Tunnel of Love; My Hometown; Spirit in the Night; Glory Days; The Ghost of Tom Joad; Radio Nowhere.

    “Magic” is the album I keep returning, too. It’s sacreligious to say that it’s superior to “Born to Run”, “The River”, and “Born in the USA”, but give the 2007 album another twenty years; its reputation will grow.

    Mr. Dickman, your chickens will come home to roost for skipping out on Hawaii to watch “The Boss”.

    #4 Maryland vs. #13 Hawaii in the second round; this is destiny.

    Hawaii 78
    Maryland 77

    But I like Springsteen, too, especially that extended story about his father which preceeds “The River” on Bruce Springsteen Live: 1975-85.

    I get it, though.

    I love music, too.

    I skipped out on Savo’s senior night to watch performance artist Laurie Anderson at the Leeward Community College Theater.

  5. pochoboy March 13, 2016 5:47 pm

    Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows!

    Rain! —> Bows! Rain! — Bows! Rain! —> Bows!

  6. HawaiiMongoose March 13, 2016 7:19 pm

    Brian, doesn’t UH receive an allocation of tickets for the Cal game on Friday? If so, how will the tickets be distributed/sold? I haven’t seen anything about this on the UH Athletics website or anywhere else. Meanwhile there’s already an article on the Cal website about their tickets:

    If UH expects some fans to travel to Spokane for the game, it needs to get this information out ASAP.

  7. Actual Counselor March 14, 2016 7:19 am

    Alan Dvorkis: If UH didn’t have two extremely terrible losses to long beach, and a loss at home to UC Riverside (which is a sub 200 RPI ranked team. absolutely TERRIBLE loss), they would’ve had a higher seed.

    UH is probably better than a 13 seed, but their strength of schedule and the fact that the Big West is an extremely weak mid major conference did them no favors.

  8. cappie the dog March 14, 2016 2:28 pm

    This is the best case scenario for the women’s basketball team.

    Two west-based teams in Bridgeport means that Hawaii and UCLA will be playing in front of a sparse crowd.

    I am so happy for Ashley Karaitiana.

    I go to the games.

    It was as if Karaitiana was in a two-season shooting slump.

    The last dependable three-point shooter was Nani Cockett.

    Karaitiana was Cockett-like in the Big West Tournament.

    I am also happy for turnover machine Brianna Harris.

    She could have sulked.

    But she got out of the doghouse, and look where she is now.

    If you’re a low major, you’re just happy to be there.

    But UCLA playing so far away from home I think increases Hawaii’s chances of pulling off a major upset from 0% to 35%.

  9. cappie the dog March 14, 2016 3:12 pm

    Check out the website.

    Ryan Krasnoo has Hawaii going to the Sweet Sixteen.

    Denied by Connecticut.

    Ryan Krasnoo is awesome.

  10. HawaiiMongoose March 14, 2016 4:28 pm

    Cappie, the first two rounds of the Wahine’s sub-regional will be played at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus, not in Bridgeport. UCLA will have home-court advantage and plenty of fans in the opener against UH.

  11. cappie the dog March 14, 2016 9:44 pm


    I’m not a republican presidential candidate.

    I acknowledge I made a mistake.

    Carly, just admit it. You didn’t really watch that purported Planned Parenthood video.

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