Gameday: at UC Davis

The Rainbow Warriors  can take the Big West tournament No. 1 seed with a win tonight at UC Davis.
The Rainbow Warriors can take the Big West tournament No. 1 seed with a win tonight at UC Davis.

DAVIS, CALIF. >> Opportunity is there for Hawaii’s taking.

A strong all-around effort from the Rainbow Warriors (23-4, 12-2 Big West) should net them a victory today at UC Davis, which is mired in the middle of the conference pack on a five-game losing streak.

Granted, the Aggies (10-17, 5-9) have been competitive over that streak, and have held opponents’ scoring down. They very nearly beat UC Irvine at The Pavilion last Saturday.

UH can take a share of its first Big West regular-season title and clinch the BWC tournament No. 1 seed with a victory today.

There is no TV for this 5 p.m. (HST) tipoff, so you’ll have to tune into BigWest.TV for the visuals. I’ll be live tweeting from on site.

Hawaii prepared for its crucial game at UC Davis on Wednesday.
Hawaii prepared for its crucial game at UC Davis on Wednesday.

UH is an 8.5-point favorite in this one. Making good on that will start with containing Josh Fox, who bulled his way to 18 first-half points in the first meeting in Honolulu. That total is a UCD season-high for a half, as was Fox’s total for a game (25).

After that, the Aggies are very balanced, with four players averaging between 9.9 and 8.4 points per game. Guard Siler Schneider is a BWC Freshman of the Year candidate, but can be hit-or-miss.

This could be the night Roderick Bobbitt passes Tom Henderson for the steals record. He needs only two to tie and three to pass the UH great.


If you didn’t get a chance to listen to some of Brocke Stepteau‘s tracks, here you go. He recorded them in a studio on the island the day before the team departed.


  1. obachan March 3, 2016 5:16 pm

    here we go again – Jancovic getting into foul trouble; does he ever learn?

  2. H-Man March 3, 2016 5:20 pm

    5 min 18 sec. gone by before UH scores its first points =- 3 ptr by Tummala. UH behind 3-11. Where’s the “Road Warriors?”

  3. obachan March 3, 2016 5:51 pm

    hope Ganot was a Boy Scout so he knows how to light a fire at halftime

  4. Kazu March 3, 2016 5:53 pm

    What’s going on here. UH down 11 at the half. Did Fleming leaving take all the air out of this team.

  5. Kazu March 3, 2016 6:28 pm

    8 mins to go and UH haven’t had the lead from the get go.

  6. obachan March 3, 2016 6:33 pm

    I think Isaac Fleming was their best penetrating guard off of their set offense. His absence is very apparent in this game when they can’t get their offense going.

  7. H-Man March 3, 2016 6:42 pm

    Seems UCD torching UH inside with so many layups.

  8. Ran March 3, 2016 6:53 pm

    This team is not as strong as we thought…to lose to a team with a losing record. The Rainbow Warrior don’t deserve any post season tournament consideration…terrible.

  9. Kazu March 3, 2016 7:00 pm

    Wow! They came back and just barely won the game. Hope the Wahine do the same tonight.

  10. Ran March 3, 2016 7:40 pm

    I put my foot in my mouth too soon. Sorry I should not have given up so early…I am sooo proud now. I will never lose hope in the Bows again.

  11. H-Man March 3, 2016 9:49 pm

    Congratulations to the Bows for clinching a share of the regular season championship and the No. seed for the tournament. Unbelievable win coming from behind.

  12. buffalo78 March 3, 2016 10:45 pm

    warriors great finishers! last eight touches for each team Hawaiii 12 Pts, UC davis 5pts. nuff said , was a little lucky they missed free throw s in the last 9 minutes , but we missed some too (bobitt). no matter what Reg/season champs
    and correction brandy there is no by in the first round next week 3 wins and on to the dance baby. most likely cal/fullerton, UCSB, then the beach or Irvine.
    NIT for sure maybe host Arizona ST or Oregon ST

  13. cappie the dog March 4, 2016 12:36 am

    If you check out Andy Katz’s latest column, he mentions Hawaii as a possible bubble team. He goes on to say that although the Big West is unlikely to get two teams in, Hawaii will merit consideration if they reach the Big West final, contingent, of course, if the Rainbows also win their season finale at Long Beach State.

    This is the second road game in a row, in which Mike Thomas scored late.

    The difference between a win and a loss might have been Quincy Smith’s four free throws(out of six).

    That three which cut the margin from five to two: Amazing.

    And he nearly hit consecutive treys. The second one just fell off the rim.

    Seven road victories.

    I think Hawaii goes through ten-year spans without collecting seven wins away from Oahu.

  14. cappie the dog March 4, 2016 6:02 am

    This is the year Hawaii needs BracketBusters.

    My best guess: If BracketBusters still existed, the Bristol people would send us to New Jersey to play Monmouth.

    That would be the network’s marquee game.

  15. rabbit ears March 4, 2016 8:25 am

    Lets go bows! Gotta do it this year. Next year the studs are gone.

  16. Warrior Dave March 4, 2016 10:57 am

    Love to read the comments after the game. The “SO CALLED FANS” always trash the team then have to eat their words.

    Gotta BELIEVE people!!!! Our team has been like this all year. They manage to find a way.

  17. cappie the dog March 4, 2016 11:15 am

    I BELIEVE we will win our appeal.

  18. Actual Counselor March 4, 2016 11:46 am

    UH isn’t a bubble team. their RPI is at 89, and I don’t think a team below RPI 50 ever made the big dance. they have no wins over any team in the top 50 and two extremely terrible losses to long beach and UC-Riverside (RPI is a ghastly 256). UH needs to win the big west tournament to dance.

  19. cappie the dog March 4, 2016 12:47 pm

    Mostly, you’re right, Actual Counselor.

    But I’m working on the premise that Northern Iowa and Coastal Carolina can win their conference championships.

    Coastal Carolina, in particular, is intriguing, because the Big South, being a low mid-major is historically unpredictable. The Chanticleers are a #4-seed going up against #5-seed Gardner Webb.

    Northern Iowa has a much harder road because they have to face Wichita State at some point. But this is the team that beat North Carolina and Iowa State at their place.

    The Panthers are currently up 54-49 over Southern Illinois(22-9) with five minutes to go in the second half. A victory over the Salukis will provide NI with a considerable spike in their RPI, and hopefully, trickle down to Hawaii.

    Long Beach State falls in the #101-#150 category. Not as bad as UC-Riverside.

  20. cappie the dog March 4, 2016 1:06 pm

    The Panthers get it done.

    66-58 win over Southern Illinois.

    The cheerleaders looked really happy.

    Northern Iowa vs. Wichita State.

    A potential upset will be Hawaii’s shot at being in Joe Lunardi’s “Last Four Out” or “Next Four Out”.

    Besides RPI, I hope the committee will recognize Hawaii’s seven, potentially, eight, road victories. And understand that a lot of Hawaii’s wins were accompanied by untimely injuries to key players.

    The close loss to Oklahoma.

    Texas Tech needs to get into the Field of 68.

    If the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is beholden, strictly, to the RPI, then Hawaii is in serious trouble.

    Off to work.

  21. ALLAN March 4, 2016 1:11 pm


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