Both the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams have multiple scenarios heading into the final day of their regular seasons on Saturday.
Up-and-down play by UH and some jumbled standings have made for uncertain seedings and matchups in the Big West tournament in Anaheim (and also at Long Beach State in the case of the women).
Here’s how the standings look heading into Saturday’s games — at Cal State Northridge for the men (17-12, 8-7 Big West) and at home, senior night, against Cal Poly for the women (14-14, 8-7).
Updated March 7
|UC Santa Barbara||10-6||.625||21-10||.677|
|Cal State Northridge||10-6||.625||15-17||.469|
|Cal State Fullerton||6-10||.375||11-20||.355|
|Long Beach State||6-10||.375||11-21||.344|
Through March 11
|UC Santa Barbara||9-7||.563||14-15||.483|
|Cal State Fullerton||8-8||.500||17-14||.548|
|Long Beach State||8-8||.500||13-17||.433|
|Cal State Northridge||7-9||.438||12-19||.387|
For the Rainbow Warriors, they’re within a game of three teams — UCSB (9-6), CSUN (9-6), and UC Davis (8-7) after Thursday’s Samuta Avea-led comeback win at Davis.
Among those, UH loses the head-to-head tiebreaker to UCSB (split head to head, but Gauchos beat first-place UC Irvine); it owns the tiebreaker over Davis (via head-to-head sweep); and would own the tiebreaker with CSUN (via head-to-head sweep) if UH manages to win at the Matadome on Saturday.
So the seeds can shake out for the UH men as follows:
2 — If UCSB loses at home to Cal Poly and UH beats CSUN (via three- or four-way tiebreaker in UH’s favor with UCSB, CSUN, UH, UCD)
3 — If UCSB wins and UH wins (via two- or three-way tiebreaker in UH’s favor with CSUN and UCD)
4 — If UH loses and UC Davis loses at UC Riverside (via head-to-head tiebreaker over Davis)
5 — If UH loses and UC Davis wins.
As for possible first-round opponents, it looks like UH could face anyone except UC Irvine, UCSB and CSUN.
For the Rainbow Wahine, the standings are also very jumbled, perhaps more so, but the possibilities for UH are actually pretty streamlined because it loses head-to-head and multi-team tiebreakers to UCSB, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.
Their possibilities are:
4 — If UH beats Cal Poly
5 — If UH loses and Long Beach State loses to UC Davis
6 — If UH loses to Cal Poly and Long Beach State beats UC Davis
UPDATE: Added possibilities for 5 seed
The difference between a win and a loss on senior night is huge, as UH would avoid the first round reserved for the bottom four teams in the tournament with a win. Regardless, they’ll be opening up play at the Walter Pyramid next week on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Teams are re-seeded in the brackets each round, so if UH is the 4, it will face the highest-seeded team to emerge from Day 1. If it is the 6, it will face the 7 seed on Day 1, which could be Long Beach State, CSUN or Cal Poly.