Warriors get CIT invitation
The season is not over yet for the Hawai’i basketball team.
The Warriors will host Air Force in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) on Wednesday night (7:00 p.m.) at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Warriors were one of 32 teams to receive an invitation to the CIT, and it is the second time in three years that they will participate in the postseason event.
Hawai’i lost to UC Irvine, 71-60, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament last Thursday at Anaheim, Calif. The Warriors, who are 17-14 overall and finished fifth in the Big West, were considered a long shot to receive a postseason invitation.
Former longtime Hawai’i head coach Riley Wallace is the chairman of the CIT selection committee, and his influence was undoubtedly one of the factors to help the Warriors get an invitation.
Air Force is 17-13 overall and finished sixth in the Mountain West Conference at 8-8. The Falcons were 13-2 at home, including upset wins over UNLV and New Mexico. However, they are just 3-10 in road games. The Mountain West finished the regular season as the top rated conference in the nation.
Air Force’s leading scorer, 6-foot-5 senior guard Michael Lyons, suffered a knee injury in the Mountain West Tournament last week and is out for the season. He leads the Mountain West in scoring at 17.7 points per game, and was one of five players selected to the All-Mountain West Conference first team. This will be Air Force’s first game without Lyons this season.
Without Lyons, the Falcons will not have any player averaging double-figure points when they play Hawai’i. Mike Fitzgerald, a 6-6 senior forward, is averaging 9.7 points per game, and Todd Fletcher, a 6-2 senior point guard, is averaging 9.6 points and 3.7 assists per game.
The Falcons lead the Mountain West with a .475 field goal percentage, and also lead the conference with 253 3-pointers.
The Warriors have three players averaging double-figure points: Christian Standhardinger (15.7 points, 7.9 rebounds), Vander Joaquim (14.2 points, 8.4 rebounds) and Hauns Brereton (10.1 points). Junior guard Brandon Spearman, who is averaging 9.7 points per game, could also be ready for some limited action by Wednesday. He has missed the last five games with an ankle injury.
Hawai’i is one of three teams from the Big West selected by the CIT. UC Irvine and Cal Poly are also in the CIT field (UC Irvine will host High Point, and Cal Poly will play at Weber State).
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Here is the ticket information provided by the University of Hawai’i:
Tickets will be available online beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday night for season-ticket holders and beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday for non-season ticket holders.
Season-ticket holders may purchase their tickets by logging into their online account at etickethawaii.com. Tickets will also be available for season-ticket holders on Monday morning at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Non-season ticket holders may begin purchasing their tickets at the Stan Sheriff Center on Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Tickets may also be purchased by calling 944-BOWS (2697) beginning on Monday at 9 a.m. for season-ticket holders and on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. for non-season ticket holders There are limited phone lines, therefore, fans are encouraged to purchase online and can do so 24 hours a day.
Processing, handling, and convenience fees may apply.
Season Ticket Holder Prices
Lower Level $18
Upper – Adult $12
Upper – Senior Citizen $10
Student (4-HS) $4
Non-Season Ticket Holder Prices
Lower Level $24
Upper – Adult $16
Upper – Senior Citizen $14
Students (UH & 4-HS) $5