Rainbow Forecast: Here comes the ‘Greatest Hawaii men’s basketball team of all time’ bracket

The Fabulous Five team of 1971-72 has an argument to be considered the best Hawaii basketball team of all time. / Star-Advertiser file

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.


  1. John Pritchett March 18, 2020 7:04 am

    It might be nice if you mentioned their names.

  2. 808 March 18, 2020 12:51 pm

    Sounds like fun.

  3. Boolakanaka March 18, 2020 1:39 pm

    I use to dream, what if my mom changed my name to Dwight Holiday?

  4. zzzzzz March 18, 2020 2:14 pm

    When the Fab Five team went to the Big Dance, I think it was still a 32 team field.

  5. Herb March 19, 2020 12:46 am

    Yeah man. I ain’t gonna lie. Id have to Google to remember who backed up Savo and who was the 3rd playmaker behind ac and alika. I’d love to see rosters before I vote. If can, can.. if no can, no worries.

  6. Brian McInnis March 19, 2020 1:55 am

    We’ll have more details on each team for the matchups page that will go out today.

  7. Matt Motter March 20, 2020 3:57 am

    Still remember the 98 team with AC and Alika. It was BS that they didn’t go to the dance.

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