Great start to the season for Gib Arnold’s Rainbow Warriors, with wins on back-to-back nights against Montana State and Cal State Fullerton.
UH also got off to a 2-0 start last year (hard to imagine now, I know) before falling to a solid Nothern Colorado team in the finale of the Rainbow Classic played at midnight.
Well, UH is back in ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-off Marathon, with an 11 p.m. local start tomorrow vs. Central Michigan (the late start is to fit an early-morning time slot on the mainland). The promotion is a “Blackout” night, so that means wear a black shirt if you plan to attend the game. UH Manoa students get in free, and there’s a contest for the best fan sign with the ESPN acronym.
UH can win the tournament title outright with a win over the Chippewas (1-1).
The Rainbows practiced short yet fierce today. The coaches had the players do a “Blackout” of their own, with every player wearing the black side of their reversible black-white practice jerseys.
The idea was to have the players up their communication with each other on the court; everyone wearing the same color created some confusion on substitutions and matchups.
“Chaos, it’s chaos right now,” assistant Brandyn Akana said. He was obviously enjoying it.
Central Michigan is a larger, more physical team than the two UH has faced so far. The Chippewas of the Mid-American Conference have outrebounded those mutual opponents (MSU and CSF) by 8.5 in two games.
Look for the Rainbows to get more use out of centers Vander Joaquim and Douglas Kurtz. They’ll need to match up with those bodies crashing the boards.