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No schedule break for Warriors

Even while on winter break, there are no breaks for the University of Hawai’i basketball team.

The Warriors played three games in four days during Christmas week, going 2-1 in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. They will play two more non-conference games during New Year’s week, starting with a Monday contest against Norfolk State.

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The Warriors are 9-3 overall and have won seven of their last eight games. The Spartans, who are from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, are 8-5 and have lost their last two games (70-67 vs. Seattle, and 66-56 at Virginia).

“Norfolk State is a very good team; a lot of people say they are going to win that MEAC conference and that means they have a chance to be a NCAA Tournament team,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “We’ve got a chance to play a NCAA Tournament team, we gotta play well. We gotta put that on our resume. We’re approaching it like it’s the most important game of the year.”

Following Monday’s game, the Warriors will play Omaha on Friday, January 3. Big West Conference games will begin on January 9.

“Two good teams in this week,” Arnold said. “These aren’t easy games. These are going to be tough, tough games – Big West style games – it’s going to be a battle both nights.”

The Warriors, and the rest of the UH-Manoa campus, are currently on a winter break from classes. However, Arnold said he has not scheduled additional practices because he wants to ensure that the players have enough time to relax and enjoy some rare free time.

“I want them to get good rest, obviously,” Arnold said. “This is a good time for them – no school and all basketball. It’s fun for all of us.”

Many of the players said they are taking advantage of the time by catching up on sleep and enjoying free reign of the campus dorms.

“Nobody on campus; we can turn our music up loud,” sophomore guard Quincy Smith said. “It’s a great experience – a great college experience.”

Game 13 Tip-off Notes
Who:
Hawai’i (9-3, 0-0 Big West) vs. Norfolk State (8-5, 2-0 MEAC)
Date: Monday, Dec. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu
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
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.
Promotions: The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is the game sponsor and will award a two-night stay in an Ocean Front Junior Suite during the halftime contest.

16 Comments

  1. Guys, no letdown, get these Two Very Important wins. So vital, and if these two teams, are possible NCAA caliber teams, which they are in their leagues, with Omaha at 75 RPI nationally, cannot lose these games.Norfolk St. great athletes and good schedule, Omaha, tough team, played some good opponents as well, rank 75 RPI!!
    Get Better On O and D, plus shooting from FT line. Yet, as the MBB team says, you are young guys, enjoy the break too! You are young athletes, and need the rest too. Time for Spearman, Fotu, Valdes, Smith to heal up and rehab injuires, and aches and pains.

    Go Rainbow Warriors! Go Bows!!
    You guys are making Hawaii proud. Defend home court, go 10-0 the rest of the year, at the SSC. and split or better on the road in BWC, then go after BWC tourney crown and NCAA invite!

    Go Bows!!
    😀

  2. Dayton great interviews with Gib, and especially with the athletes, they chillin!
    Funny stuff and they are honest. they deserve a break, and without question, with Christian, Spearman, Sham, Davis leading the charge, team will go for Wins, settle for no less!

    To team: Great job so far,,…take care, rest up, enjoy winter break, then get back to winning!

    Go Bows!!
    😀

  3. You know things are good when the chatter is light. Per Shamburger, “I don’t need a tan or go to the beach, I’m already black.”

  4. Yeah..funny stuff…Quincy is Garrett Nevels Uncle?..can see resemblance!
    Great to see guys relaxing…they need it. Good young guys!! They have given 100% for team and Hawaii. .look for a great next 2 games…

  5. OK Warrior player and coaches, flu season ,cold season, you guys going on the road shortly, plane rides , people coughing in plane , all over , you all get your flu shots ,nothing worse one guy getting it ,then you spread it to the whole team. See Jayson Goo your trainer , and get a shot from one of the team docs or at the student health center. Don’t delay, this includes the Gibster with five kids at home. hurry !

  6. Talk about scheduling, WBB have pretty good RPI , what 46th? Their SOS. If we all remember, Riley Wallace’s team, when he started to recruit first of all good, strong athletes, Bowe, Smalls, Houston, Beaubrun, Shepherd, Drew McQuire, and then the high BBIQ euro, athletes, and foreign, Savo, Puida, Burneika, Shimonovich, English, Martin, and both types of athletes and teams, started to beat the BCS schools, at Blaisdell and SSC, he had harder time getting home and home with Pac10, Big Ten, SEC etc, except for the Rainbow Classic.

    Same with Bob Nash. Now with Gib, and he is trying to get Home and Home with Pac12 schools, or Big Ten, Big 12, Mizzou on the road was great, good if they can return the favor and play at SSC in future, when Gib starts winning BWC championships and going to NIT or NCAA’s , The BCS teams shy away from those home and home. Though I think he was even trying to work something out with one or two, lock them in to a home and home , a well known Pac12 team.

    Would be great, if could have maybe 4 non conference games against Pac12, Big Ten, ACC ,SEC, Big 12. every year, however, hard to do , since those teams, if Hawaii has good team, they stand the possiblity of a loss, and that would be horrible for them.
    Bottom line? UH MBB and Gib and great student athletes now on board, and coming in next year, JUST KEEP WINNING. ..the RPI, BPI, Pomeroy, will go up, if not just for sign of respect, and possible, seeding in NCAA or NIT tourneys.

    Still remember, UH upsetting Michigan St, Indiana, Kanasa, Pitt, Utah, New Mexico, Clemson, Xavier, UNLV at home and on the road, in the past,..maybe in a few years, UH will be up in that top 40 RPI, and be class of the Big West. UH still has a ways to go, reach ceiling for this year. love the attitude, settle for nothing less, than going after NCAA bid!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!
    😀

  7. Hey fans, tomorrow’s Norfolk St game and Friday’s Omaha game, no easy ones. UH has to bring their A+ game, just have to keep on WINNING. Go guys, get these two very, very important games, the W’s before hitting the road for BWC play. Also, see if AV,MT, DE, SJ, get some quality minutes and experience for depth too:
    From Omaha Basketball online site:

    1 Bradley, Jalen G 6-0 180 RFr. Norfolk, Neb. (Norfolk)
    2 Erickson, Kyler G 6-0 165 So. Omaha, Neb. (Millard South/Northwest Missouri State)
    3 Patterson, Devin G 5-11 160 So. Portsmouth, Va. (New Mexico JC) (Norcom)
    4 Phillips, Alex G 6-3 190 Sr. Smiths Station, Ala. (Smiths Station/New Mexico JC)
    5 Rostampour, Mike F 6-8 230 Jr. West St. Paul, Minn. (Henry Sibley/Grayson College/St. Cloud State)
    10 Carter, CJ G 6-1 180 Jr. Omaha, Neb. (Benson)
    11 Murry, Rylan F 6-7 240 Fr. West Branch, Iowa (West Branch)
    12 Steffensmeier, Caleb G 6-1 170 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)
    21 Simmons, Justin G 6-3 190 Sr. Milwaukee, Wis. (South Division/Concordia-Wisconsin/Butler CC)
    23 Tyus, Marcus G 6-1 175 So. Ramsey, Minn. (Anoka)
    40 Krych, Simon F 6-8 240 So. St. Cloud, Minn. (Apollo)
    42 Hagerbaumer, Matt F 6-7 230 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southeast)
    43 White, Jake F 6-8 235 Jr. Chaska, Minn. (Wichita State) (Chaska)
    44 Karhoff, John C 6-8 235 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)

  8. Norfolk St. lost on the road to Virginia by 10 pts. They are currently 8-5, as Gib says, they have athletes, and are said to be favorites to win the MEAC and the NCAA bid.
    Omaha, is currently 10-4, 75th RPI ranked, and have good team and system, they too, are said to be favorites to win their conference and NCAA bid.
    So two good , Mid Major teams, .UH just gotta bring it!

    Go Bows!
    😀

  9. Yes. They have guys from east, east, east one from China! Good Challenge for Hawaii, these guys are coming a long way from Virgina, should be good game, Hawaii MBB , keep staying together, get better, and get ready to win against Norfolk and Omaha, hopefully!!

    from: Norfolk University site–

    00 Kievyn Lila-St. Rose G/F 6-6 185 R-Jr. Corona, N.Y. / CJEOTO Academy (N.J.)
    3 Jamel Fuentes G 6-4 190 R-Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. / CJEOTO Academy (N.J.)
    4 Marese Phelps G 6-1 190 R-Sr. Norfolk, Va. / Wallace State CC (Ala.) / Louisburg College
    5 Anell Alexis G/F 6-6 200 Gr. Hillsborough, N.J. / Marist / St. Benedict’s Prep
    11 Pendarvis Williams G 6-6 195 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. / The Hun School (N.J.)
    21 Jordan Weathers G 6-5 200 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. / Fairfax HS
    23 Brandon Goode C 7-0 235 Sr. Bronx, N.Y. / James Monroe HS
    24 Zieyik Estime G 6-6 185 Sr. Harlem, N.Y. / Panola College (Texas) / Jamestown CC
    25 Malcolm Hawkins G 6-5 210 R-Sr. Norfolk, Va. / Delaware / Norview HS
    31 Riley Maye F 6-8 220 Sr. East Stroudsburg, Pa. / The Peddie School (N.J.)
    32 Paulius Vinogradovas C 7-1 210 Jr. Švencioneliai, Lithuania / Westchester CC (N.Y.)
    33 Hefeng Sun F 6-8 245 R-So. Shenzhen, China / Fresno State / Shenzhen Sports Institute
    35 RaShid Gaston F 6-8 230 So. Warren, Ohio / Warren G. Harding HS
    50 LaTre’e Russell F 6-6 215 Jr. Chicago, Ill. / Des Moines Area CC / Bolingbrook HS

  10. Hawaii RPI ranking as of Dec 28 2013

    Rank Record
    88 9 – 3

  11. Hawaii RPI ranking as of Dec 28 2013

    RPI ranking- 88
    record- 9-3

    UH moved up from 97th.

  12. CBS sports RPI rankings as of Dec 29 2013. Only show win/loss against DI opponents:
    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/rankings/rpi/index2

    RK. SCHOOL W L RPI SOS RANK SOS
    69 St. Mary’s 9 3 0.5734 109 0.5297
    70 Arkansas 10 2 0.5730 153 0.5101
    71 Southern California 7 4 0.5726 63 0.5542
    72 Utah State 9 2 0.5713 143 0.5135
    73 Louisiana-Lafayette 6 4 0.5702 117 0.5270
    74 Oral Roberts 4 6 0.5669 17 0.5972
    75 California 9 4 0.5658 86 0.5395
    76 Saint Joseph’s 6 4 0.5630 56 0.5583
    77 Providence 10 3 0.5629 168 0.5021
    78 Michigan 8 4 0.5621 83 0.5411
    79 Wake Forest 10 3 0.5610 151 0.5110
    80 Missouri State 8 2 0.5606 220 0.4776
    81 Tennessee 7 4 0.5600 65 0.5529
    82 Nebraska Omaha 8 4 0.5597 198 0.4898
    83 North Carolina Central 5 3 0.5589 178 0.4952
    84 South Carolina 5 6 0.5587 10 0.6102
    85 Ole Miss 8 3 0.5553 122 0.5226
    86 North Carolina State 9 3 0.5523 126 0.5211
    87 Nebraska 8 4 0.5502 116 0.5272
    88 Hawaii 7 3 0.5485 90 0.5357

  13. Source:http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bpi as of Dec 29 2013.

    BPI RK TEAM CONF BPI PVA CONF RK W-L RAW RAW RK SOS SOS RK VAR VAR RK
    61 Dayton A 10 74.6 9.0 5 9-3 68.9 57 55.7 95 17.5 124
    62 Penn State Big Ten 74.3 8.8 8 9-4 64.8 81 59.5 42 11.5 290
    63 Notre Dame ACC 74.3 8.8 8 8-4 65.6 75 58.6 54 13.5 244
    64 Toledo MAC 73.9 8.7 1 12-0 75.1 24 48.8 202 11.2 295
    65 NC State ACC 73.7 8.6 9 9-3 66.5 70 57.2 74 14.7 216
    66 Indiana Big Ten 73.5 8.5 9 10-3 72.3 33 51.2 161 16.8 149
    67 Louisiana Tech C-USA 72.9 8.3 1 10-3 72.1 35 50.9 167 16.4 159
    68 Alabama SEC 72.7 8.1 8 5-7 56.1 146 66.5 4 11.1 297
    69 Drexel CAA 72.6 8.1 1 8-3 60.9 111 61.7 26 15.0 205
    70 California Pac-12 72.4 8.0 8 9-4 62.5 101 60.0 35 16.4 161
    71 UC Santa Barbara Big West 72.3 8.0 1 7-4 62.7 98 59.6 39 16.1 175
    72 Princeton Ivy 72.1 7.9 2 9-2 67.9 61 54.2 118 14.6 219
    73 Richmond A 10 71.6 7.7 6 9-4 63.0 93 58.6 55 13.3 247
    74 Wake Forest ACC 71.5 7.6 10 10-3 64.9 80 56.6 84 16.6 152
    75 New Mexico St WAC 71.3 7.6 1 11-5 63.6 87 57.7 68 17.1 139
    76 Hawaii Big West 71.2 7.5 2 9-3 67.3 66 53.9 122 14.3 229

  14. Hoopsa.thanks.good to know UH Team is getting recognition. Just have to keep winning and improving.Big West Conference games and winning regular and tourney championship. The Goal.NCAA or NIT.

    appeciate your keeping interest going even during off days between games.thanks for stats and roster opponent. Breakdown. .good work.,.

  15. I think Mcinnis referred to UH getting into the top RPI ranks..good job Gib and team..thanks hoops..

  16. The top 100..at 97..last week ..great. work UH basketball team..and now in the eighties. and climbing. ..88

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