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Warriors get late-night ESPN game again

The Hawai’i basketball team has once again been selected to host a game for the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The Warriors’ game against Houston Baptist will start at 11 p.m. (Hawai’i time) on November 12 to accommodate the made-for-TV event. It will be one of 11 games that will be televised nationally over a 24-hour period.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Hawai’i has been selected to host a game in the Tip-Off Marathon.

The game against Houston Baptist will also be part of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, and will be the Warriors’ third game of the 2012-13 season. Hawai’i will open the season against Maryland-Eastern Shore on November 9, followed by a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on November 11.

Here is the official announcement from the UH media relations department:

For the fifth straight year, the University of Hawai`i men’s basketball team will participate in ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. UH’s Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic match-up against Houston Baptist on Nov. 12 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 11:00 p.m. HT.

ESPN’s fifth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon—consecutive live college basketball games to celebrate the start of the season—will be highlighted by 11 live games in 24 hours on ESPN beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Marathon will conclude with a doubleheader as Michigan State takes on Kansas and Duke faces defending champion Kentucky in the Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

UH’s game, as in year’s past, will be the third game in the marathon. The event begins at midnight ET on Nov. 13 with West Virginia at Gonzaga, followed by Davidson at New Mexico (2 a.m. ET) and Houston Baptist at Hawai`i (4 a.m. ET).

“This event has become an exciting tradition in such a short time here at UH,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “We really love the atmosphere of the late-night tip-off. Our fans really get us going and the student section is awesome. We look forward to another great game this year.”

The Rainbow Warriors have had the same late-night affair the last four years and have gone 3-1 in those contests, including an 86-67 season-opening win over Cal State Northridge last year. UH’s match-up with Houston Baptist will be the final game of the season-opening Outrigger Hotels Classic. Maryland-Eastern Shore and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are the other teams in the round-robin tournament, which enters its 48th year.


  1. For those who have not had a chance to read clyde’s report from Tuesday’s Summer League action, it is listed below. I felt it was worth re-posting:

    OK, Dayton, you asked for it. Here it is. Warning: it’s kinda long.

    Here’s a recap, with unofficial stats and focusing on current UH players, of tonight’s summer league doubleheader:

    Christian Standhardinger, who is expected to start at power forward for the Rainbow Warriors this season, and former Kaiser High standout Kaunaoa McGee each scored 30 points as Flipbooks Hawaii routed Grantco Pacific, 111-83, at Manoa Recreation Center gym.

    Flipbooks’ victory avenged a tough 105-104 loss to Grantco on Saturday, and moved Flipbooks (5-1) into a half-game lead over Grantco (4-1) for first place in the 36th Annual College Summer League.

    Standhardinger, a 6-foot-9 junior who redshirted last season after transferring from Nebraska, hit 13 of 21 shots from the field, including his last five. He hit 2 of 3 from 3-point range and sank both of his free-throw attempts to complete three-point plays. He also had 14 rebounds.

    After a first half that saw the score tied at 42, 45, 47 and 49, Flipbooks scored five in a row to lead 54-49 at intermission. Flipbooks led 56-51 when former UH standout Julian Sensley hurt his right knee, and took a seat on the bench at the 19:20 mark.

    Flipbooks took advantage of the absence of the 6-foot-9 Sensley, surging to a 64-52 lead on Standhardinger’s reverse layup with 11:51 to play. After a Grantco timeout, Sensley returned to the court but by then Flipbooks had clearly established momentum behind Standhardinger, McGee and former Kalaheo and HPU standout Scott Kato.

    Geremy Robinson, a former Rainbow, scored 21 points for a previously unbeaten Grantco squad that included incoming UH players Caleb Dressler and Michael Harper.

    Dressler, a 6-10 freshman from Washington, scored 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting that included a 3-pointer and added five rebounds. Harper, a 6-3 freshman walk-on from Australia, contributed 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and five rebounds. He hit 2 of 3 from 3-point range, but was 1-for-6 from the free-throw line.

    In the night’s first game, returning UH guard Garrett Jefferson scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting as Wealth Strategy Partners won its first game of the season with a 108-102 victory over Solar Universe.

    Sean Caddell led Wealth (1-6) with 28 points, and Chandler Pierson of Chaminade hit a difficult 3-pointer that put Wealth ahead to stay 103-100 with 1:57 remaining.

    Former Iolani and UH standout Bobby Nash led Solar (2-3) with 32 points.

    Jefferson, a 6-3 junior off-guard, played the point most of the game and finished with four assists. His improved free-throw shooting stroke was evident in a 5-for-6 performance from the line. Wealth teammate Nick Milan, the ‘Bows’ team manager, added three points and two rebounds.

    Incoming UH guard Brandon Spearman, a 6-3 junior college transfer from Chicago, had 10 points (4 of 13 from the field), five assists and three rebounds for Solar. Dyrbe Enos, the All-State guard from Kamehameha who will walk-on at UH, hit his only 3-point attempt (he was 0-2 on tough drives to the hoop) to add three points.

    I opted to exclude any opinions, or personal observations (who’s an expert, anyway) – aside from Jefferson’s improved free-throw shooting stroke — and let the facts speak for themselves.

  2. I love the midnight game… students and young adults get super loud. The past few years, only the lower bowl (about 4K) was filled but due to the age demographics and the amount of cheering/yelling going on, it seemed like a crowd of about 7-8K on a normal night at the SSC.

    Obviously I wouldn’t want it at that time slot all the time… and one midnight game a year is plenty enough for me… but it’s a different environment for sure. The next morning at work is a little rough but that’s the only con for me.

    While some season ticket holders may not like the open seating format of the midnight game… this is one of the few games where a bunch of my non-season ticket holder friends can watch the game near me.

  3. Midnight games are the best, the past years were really fun so this shouldn’t be any different. I will Definitely be going!

  4. Tweet: Vander will be back at UH on Aug 18 2012!!

  5. Good thing UH is the furthest bb institution out west, otherwise they wouldn’t be selected five years in a row….still, it’s all good.

    I luv that vander will be back. U go big guy!!

  6. Hey, lets give a shout out to former Coach Bob Nash, for thinking outside the box to create national exposure for UH.
    He didn’t win games but he did other things to create a better environment for the student / athlete and sometime these things get forgotten when a coach is fired.

    The ESPN Mid night game
    Diamond Head Classic
    Top 10% APR rating
    Summer School Program for the team
    Military Family Camps
    Top rated fundraiser of all UH coaches
    Graduated 90% of his players
    No DUI’s
    No Problems with the law or NCAA, he ran a clean program.

    These are some of the things he did to build a program but as fans we only see what he didn’t do, win games.
    I say these things to further emphasize the point that the AD waste another $240,000 to buy out his contract, when all he had to do was not renew the contract the next year. It wasn’t like UHAD wasn’t getting a return on its investment. Again the something happen with Mack $750,000 out the UH door in the final year of a contract. Not a smart business decision by the AD. I hope he is planning on giving his salary back to UH, the same way he asked his fired coaches to do, inorder to protect their legacy. I kinder got off track their but UH deserve an AD who gets the big picture of fiscal responsible not physical responsible. God bless UH

  7. “Tweet: Vander will be back at UH on Aug 18 2012!!’

    Is this confirmed?? It’s about time UH had some good news..

  8. Per Brian Mcinnis twitter tweet:

  9. i’d be more comfortable he was here now working out with his team. too much time between now and then.

  10. al: I wish that too…however he could be training in mainland or playing pro summer league invitational camps..or just working to get stronger quicker..or , get this, relaxing a bit with mom and dad!! If he has mature since coming here as a soph, and last years temper tantrums and awesome games,,he will be back as Arnold S. says: I vill Be Back!!

  11. What happened to my post about Vander from yesterday?
    I saw it get posted. Must be a glitch somewhere. No worries.
    What I wanted to say was this is the best news yet for MBB.
    Vander could be a Paul Milsap who played for La Tech and now Utah Jazz.
    I think he has the same aggressive play and inside game as Milsap.
    He will dominate the Big West as I don’t believe there are any teams that can match up with him. And this year they won’t be able to double him like the past as we have overall better shooters. His hook shot is NBA money along with his shot blocking abilities. Will be interesting to see his improvement this year. Hope he can dominate inside the paint and be the enforcer that he is capable of being. I don’t think it is unrealistic to predict that he could go late first round or early second round in the draft. Gotta dream big.

  12. servante,

    I see your previous post about Vander — it’s in the article dated July 6 (Impressive debuts in Summer League for Fotu, Spearman).

  13. Dayton
    Sorry my mistake. Getting old.

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