In lieu of any actual University of Hawaii sporting events this week — or for the foreseeable future — we thought we would try something different and fun.
We’re making an attempt to settle a debate.
What was the greatest Hawaii men’s basketball team of all time?
Some felt the most recent NCAA Tournament edition, the Rainbow Warriors of 2015-16, achieved that distinction by becoming the first team in program history to win a tourney game and setting a program record for wins at 28-6.
Still others feel that the “Fabulous Five” NCAA team of 1971-72 deserves top billing. After all, that group was the first to reach the Big Dance, and went 24-3.
You might also get an argument from the 2001-02 squad that went 27-6. Or maybe one of the “Dynamic Duo” teams of the late 1990s. The NIT quarterfinal team of 1989-90, perhaps?
For this 100th season of UH men’s basketball, we’ve culled what we feel are the best 16 teams in program history and, starting Thursday — when the first NCAA Round of 64 games would’ve been contested — will open it up to you, the fans, to vote on winners on Twitter, starting with two matchups a day through the opening weekend.
The competition will run through April 6 to declare our “champion,” the same day the NCAA championship would’ve been held in Atlanta.
Stay tuned. The full bracket will be unveiled on Wednesday.