A tip of the cap to Florida A&M University for pulling back the curtain on another chunk of Hawaii men’s basketball’s 2019-20 nonconference schedule.
The Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference posted their full schedule online recently, and there at the very top of the list was the field for the 2019 Rainbow Classic.
The latest edition of the four-team, season-opening, round-robin version of UH’s old tournament begins on Nov. 8, a few days after the national start of college basketball Nov. 5. This year’s opponents are Florida A&M, South Dakota and Pacific.
(Now, it’s worth noting that Florida A&M lists Pacific University, the Division III school in Oregon. It would be very surprising if it was in fact the Boxers, instead of the Division I Pacific Tigers, even granting that UH brought in Division II Humboldt State last year. For the moment, we will surmise it is the Tigers coming and that Florida A&M simply uploaded the wrong logo. It happens.)
Florida A&M of the MEAC was 12-19 last season with a KenPom rating of 318 of 353 Division I teams. South Dakota of the Summit League went 13-18 with a KenPom of 229 and Pacific of the West Coast Conference was 14-18 with a KenPom of 216.
UH is to play Florida A&M on Sunday, Nov. 10. It is as-yet unknown which of the other two UH will open against; those teams have not posted their schedules.
UH has never faced the South Dakota Coyotes nor the Florida A&M Rattlers. It is 5-5 all-time against Pacific, with the last meetings a home-and-home split the one year the teams overlapped in the Big West in 2012-13 (the Rainbows later had to vacate the win).
It sounds like the official release of UH’s schedule is quite close, so the dates and opponents here should be shored up in short order. With the other known dates of New Orleans (Nov. 25), San Francisco (Nov. 29), UTEP in the Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22), and Maine (Dec. 29), there’s not much left of the nonconference slate to learn. Expect a couple of Division II games sprinkled in between and maybe one or two more D-I opponents.
Here’s the most recent accounting of the Division I schools, by conference, that it’s known UH will NOT face, based upon their own schedule releases:
(UPDATE: This list more or less current as of Aug. 8.)
Houston (DHC possibility)
Colonial Athletic Association
College of Charleston
Metro Athletic Athletic
San Jose State
Central Connecticut State
St. Francis (PA)
Washington (DHC possibility)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi