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Warriors are home for two games this week

It will be a Thanksgiving sandwich of games this week for the University of Hawai’i basketball team.

The Warriors will host New Orleans on Wednesday, celebrate Thanksgiving together on Thursday, and then host Montana on Friday.


“It’s a lot like our Big West season, where you have one day between games, so we’re doing it the same way,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “First part of the week you work on yourself, and as you get closer to the game you work on your first (opponent). The day between, on Thanksgiving, we’ll work on Montana.”

The Warriors are 3-2. New Orleans, which is a member of the Southland Conference, is 1-2, with its lone victory over Millsaps College, a NCAA Division III program. The Privateers are coming off losses to LSU (81-54), and Boise State (100-80).

“You can’t overlook anybody because at this level, everybody can play,” Hawaii point guard Keith Shamburger said. “Any team can beat any team on any given night, so we just have to come out there and be smart and we just have to go out there with the killer mindset that we’ve been having.”

Arnold describes the Privateers as “very athletic; they match up well with us.”

New Orleans’ top player is Cory Dixon, a 6-foot-7 senior forward who is averaging a double-double of 19.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He also leads team in assists (3.7 per game) and blocked shots (3.0 per game).

“Their power forward (Dixon) is real aggressive and averages a double-double and gets to the line a lot,” Arnold said.

Matt Derenbecker, a 6-7 forward, is contributing 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for New Orleans.

Game 6 Tipoff Notes
Hawai’i (3-2, 0-0 Big West) vs. New Orleans (1-2, 0-0 Southland)
When: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Television: Live on OCSports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD).
Streaming Video: BigWest.tv
Radio: Live on ESPN 1420 AM. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com
Promotions: Fantastic Sams Hair Salons is the game sponsor and will distribute 500 megaphones.
Ticket Information: $26 (lower); $18 (upper-adult); $16 (upper-sr. citizen); $5 (upper-youth, ages 4-HS); UH Manoa students free with validated ID. Parking $6.


  1. UNO sounds a lot like UH a year ago….

    I like how our team has developed & improved since then…

    Also an Early Opportunity to gauge our progress via Comparative Scores with Boise…

    Curious to see how much improvement will be visible,
    in the areas of Team Defense and Individual Performance/Shooting,
    from the last couple of weeks…

  2. EARLY D-Test:
    Can UH’s Guard “Army” shut down / Contain
    Chaminade’s Christophe Varidel, who hit TEN Threes versus #18 Baylor on Kauai?

  3. Go Warriors ,this is the year to capture the Big West Title!! We got gamers!!

  4. Eagle: Good points.

    These games leading up to the Diamond Head Classic very telling on how UH will do in BWC and beyond.
    If their learning curve continues, upward, their D improves, rebounding, still that outstanding care of the ball, AND hopefully Q will be okay after MRI scan for his back problems! UH MBB can do well.

    Key games, New Orleans, the speed and quicks ,athletic, and a Post with double/double avergaes, Montana, well coached, and another Western Michigan type team, Chaminade, if they get hot from 3, can be like game in Kona last year, Northern Arizona at altitude on the road, Those games, are going to be good tests for a new/ old MBB team.

    Main thing Eagle: This team, plays solid D, don’t let teams, break press too easily, run their, zone, run out to 3 shooters, and HELP D, UH can score, they have…like FB team? be able to shut good teams down Defensively. I enjoy this team, hopefully, after this week , UH will have 2 more wins and be 5-2!
    Go Bows!

  5. Varidel is a heck of a player. He nailed many tough shots last night. Prominent transfer from FGCU’s sweet sixteen team last year.

  6. Although they don’t have as much depth as UH, New Orleans has a couple of good players too. Cory Dixon (double double guy) and Matt Derenbecker (LSU transfer) can light it up and rebound. Both guys are tweener post player types.

  7. DK…you are spot on, New Orleans has the athletes, about same height as UH, that double post player, however, UH MBB team can run 10 guys, who are really getting to be super effective, care for ball, take good quick shots, and getting better on D.
    That is an advantage that UH has now, home court and away, the depth. We just HOPE that Quincy is not seriously hurt, possible herniated disc, that would be awful.
    However, Dyrbe Enos, having the confidence, NO FEAR, Imua, DE, just give em, Dyrbe can play the 1 or 2 spot. Should help until Smith gets better, or has to take care of injury.

    Get well, Spearman, Q, and Dressler, hate to see guys get hurt, so thankful, and I am sure, Gib is too, that he had potential 16 guys available to play his system this year. With Caleb, down for year, and Q and Spear, injuries, glad that had Sham, Nevels and Enos, backing up. Great if even, Harper and Hackman, if the can play great D, and be able to run and gun with purpose, not turnover the ball, should help.
    And lastly, I feel really bad for Brandon Jawato, I know we posted debated, before, maybe, Brandon B Jawato, has to get an early procedure to heal ankles, since he will suffer in later life , if he is playing with bone on bone, no padding, can cause ankles, and compensatory injuries for his older age. Get well Jawato, we love your passion and wanting to help team, do the best for your health!

    Go All The Bows, Warriors, Rainbows!

  8. Anybody else notice as the season progresses that these young men are getting more comfortable in front of the camera? Kudos to Gib for recruiting high character young men. Something that we love to bring our kids to watch.

  9. Quincy was set up to get the MRI done on his back today(Tuesday), any word how it went ? Prognosis?

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