The Hawaii men’s basketball 2019-20 nonconference schedule continues to be revealed piece by piece.
The latest reveal came Monday afternoon, when San Francisco announced its schedule on Twitter. The Dons of the West Coast Conference will travel to play UH in a stand-alone game at the Stan Sheriff Center on Nov. 29.
The #Dons are pleased to announce the 2019-20 non-conference schedule!
— USF Basketball (@USFDonsMBB) August 5, 2019
USF is the strongest known opponent on the schedule to this point, as far as reputation and recent prowess go, with a KenPom rating of 67 last season. The Dons were a very respectable 21-10 overall and 9-7 (fourth place) in the WCC. They have a new head coach in Todd Golden, their former associate head coach who was promoted when Kyle Smith took the head job at Washington State.
San Francisco was last here in 2016, although it did not encounter UH. The Dons played for the Diamond Head Classic championship, losing to San Diego State 62-48. The last time they played UH at the Stan Sheriff Center was in the CollegeInsider.com postseason Tournament on March 29, 2011. The Dons came back late to beat UH 77-74 and put a close to Gib Arnold’s first season in Manoa.
UH and USF have played each other on a semi-regular basis over the years, though the bulk of the meetings happened in the 1960s. The Dons lead the series 11-4 and have taken the last three meetings going back to 2008. The last meeting was a 15-point USF win in the Gulf Coast Showcase first round in November of 2014, 88-73.
The most notable chunk of the nonconference slate that is still shrouded is the three-game Rainbow Classic to open the season. Utah State was previously expected to headline that field, but it’s been said that the Aggies withdrew a while back, leaving UH with a hole it had to fill.
The previously known or reported nonconference foes are:
>> New Orleans, Nov. 25 (reported by TheD1Docket on Twitter)
>> UTEP, Dec. 22 (first-round Diamond Head Classic game that was recently switched from Ball State)
>> Maine, Dec. 29 (announced by Maine)
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