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The University of Hawai’i basketball team’s hot start is gaining a little bit of national recognition – and not just on the mid-major level.

The Warriors are listed in the “Others receiving votes” for both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. They received four points in the AP Top 25 (consists of 65 media voters from across the nation), and one point in the USA Today Poll (consists of 32 NCAA Division I head coaches).

The last time a Hawai’i team received votes in both national polls was very early during the 2005-06 season, which was sparked by an upset of then-No. 4 Michigan State.

The last time a Hawai’i team received enough votes to earn an official Top 25 ranking was at the end of the 2001-02 season, when it was No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.

The Warriors are currently 13-2 overall, including 2-0 in the Big West Conference. The 2001-02 UH team, which finished with a 27-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, started its season 15-2.

In the latest “Bracketology with Joe Lunardi” report by ESPN, the Warriors are still projected to be a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The latest projection has Hawai’i facing a No. 4 seed Arizona. Hawai’i was also at a No. 13 seed last week, but pitted against Louisville.

The current Warriors were already being noticed by the so-called mid-major polls this season, and they are continuing to climb. In some of this week’s online polls, Hawai’i is at …

No. 10 in the Mid-Major Top 20 Power Rankings by www.collegecourtreport.com

No.15 in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15 by www.midmajormadness.com

No. 16 in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 by www.collegeinsider.com

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Fullerton’s Coggins gets Big West Player of the Week

Hawai’i will travel to Southern California this week for road games at UC Riverside (Thursday, January 14) and at Cal State Fullerton (Saturday, January 16).

Fullerton’s Tre’ Coggins will be the latest high-scoring guard to test his skills against the defensive-minded Warriors. Coggins, a 6-foot-2 junior, was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after scoring 66 points in two games last week. He scored 25 in a win at UC Riverside, then scored 41 in a loss to CSUN. He tied a Big West record by going 17 for 17 on free throws in the CSUN game.

Coggins currently ranks second in the Big West in overall scoring at 18.5 points per game. UH’s Thursday opponent, UC Riverside, features the third-leading scorer in the Big West in guard Jaylen Bland, who is averaging 16.7 points per game and ranks second in the nation with 65 3-pointers.

UH just played the Big West’s leading scorer, UC Santa Barbara’s Michael Bryson, on Saturday. He was held to 16 points by the Warriors, and still leads the conference in scoring at 19.5 per game.

Hawai’i nominated junior forward/center Stefan Jankovic for Player of the Week honors. He averaged 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game while shooting 65.2 percent (15 for 23) from the field in Hawai’i’s two wins.

20 Comments

  1. csun dangerous team with Quincy’s brother Kendall leading the team in scoring, with self imposed post season ban this year, They got nothing to lose.. spoiler team..
    Fullerton and Riverside, you just know they will be hitting all their 3 point bombs, getting the rebounds, loose balls, drawing the most fouls and making their Free Throws.
    Valdes loss, could really hurt. when he went out. .. UH squeezed out a tough win, really the Poly and the UCSB wins at SSC? really UH could have lost, the other teams, not enough firepower, and D. to stop UH.. should be Fun.. CAN UH sweep every road trip without Valdes and another MBB guy that might get ill or hurt. once again, UH is hair thin, very very thin depth across the 1 through 5 positions. 2 key guys out. UH has to gut out wins.

  2. Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows! Let’s Go Bows!

  3. Valdes play can only help the team. It’s one less man who has the experience that betters the team. As they say, someone will have to step up and do the job.

  4. Any updates on Valdes? It’s true that his contribution to the team is huge. What’s reassuring is that Drammeh, a guy who saw hardly any playing time in previous games, was able to step up and keep up with one of the top Big West teams.

  5. HOPE Above And Beyond All Hope….
    That Aaron QUICKLY Overcomes The Toe and/or Ankle Difficulty…
    The Team Needs ALL The Good Luck and Help it Can Get….
    They Work So Hard, They Deserve The Best…

    ————————
    ASIDE…TIME-OUT…
    GREAT! The Other WARRIORS! #5 Men’s Volleyball
    FIRST 3-0 Start in ~10 Years…
    Swept the Outrigger Tourney, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0
    Including SWEEP of Two-Time Running NATIONAL Championship Finalist
    #8-Ranked LEWIS University 25-16, 25-23 and 25-12(!)
    MOVED The Warriors Up Today to #5 Nationally…
    The AMAZING SET-UP… ALL FOUR Teams Above Hawai’i…
    #1 BYU, #2 UCLA, #3 Long Beach And # 4 IRVINE (Again?)
    ARE ALL Scheduled To Play Double-Headers @ SSC!
    (And UH Plays Lower Ranked Teams On the Road)
    Our Crowd, Our Court, Our TerraFlex OUR Battle-Zone!
    HOW You Rank/FINISH in MPSF Determines WHO HOSTS Playoffs,
    Straight Into National Elite Eight NCAA Tourney…
    Go WARRIORS!
    Go ‘BOWS!

    ————–

    And Now Back to Basketball
    Sweep This Road Trip!
    Go Bows!

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  6. eagle:

    MVB team in 2002, the ONLY Men Sports team to win an NCAA national title. Because of a rule about pro or amateur eligibility, one that does not exist today. UH’s National title was vacated. However , All of US we KNOW that UH with coach Wilton, legitimately won the 2002 title. And the guys still have their rings.
    Amazing fact. Maybe one day, very hard to do, UH MBB and Football teams will be playing for National titles not just conference titles and post season.
    Go Bows. !

  7. Wades Warriors, are legitimate National Champion contenders. . young, but some awesome underclassmen, The Setter is all universe, the freshman from Holland from another Dimension, Kolby is the K-man, digging everything in sight, Siki is wonderous, and team is TEAM.. fun bunch, and they immediately have momentum, Charlie Wade has built something special, imagine, without even enough FULL ride scholarships for his guys, they divide up the scholarships, with some even footing their own tuition , or with student loans, and playing Warrior Ball . Awesome, the MVB team chasing, and wanting to Capture a National Title,.. Fear No one.. !

  8. Sugar Bowl WAS FINAL EIGHT…
    8-Team Playoff Coming Soon…

  9. 4.5 scholarship limit for men’s volleyball, 12 for the women. 13 for men’s basketball if no sanctions and 15 for the women. Baseball only 11.7, softball only 12.

  10. UH definitely has to stay out of foul trouble with AV hurt. They’ve proved that they can win without him. This road trip is going to be a true test.. but I believe in this team, they are warriors no doubt! They’re spirit and unselfishness is a treat to watch! I wish them the best!

    Lets go Bows!!!

  11. Congrats to the Warriors on some much-deserved national attention. Found some interesting information online related to bracketology about UH:

    36.8% to make NCAA tournament (31.4% automatic/5.4% at large berth)
    Most likely seed: 13 (9.7%)
    Chance to make sweet 16: 1.9%

    It seems like the magic number of wins to make the big dance is 27, as 67.9% of teams with that many wins make it. If they can hit 28 wins, their odds jump to 93.1%, although they’d likely only reach that plateau if they win the big west tournament anyways.

    https://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-basketball/team/hawaii-warriors/bracketology

    My current projections has the team finishing the regular season 24 – 5 (13 – 3 in conf), so to even hit 26 wins they’d have to make the Big West championship game. Gotta love that 5.4% chance of getting an automatic bid! Depending on how things shake out, I do feel like that’s a distinct possibility.

    Also love the fact that tomorrow’s game will be on ESPN3! It’s at UC-Riverside, who recently blew a 20 point lead against Fullerton at home. But yeah, just glad I can actually watch a road game on TV. Let’s GO BOWS!!

  12. Mcinnis ‏@Brian_McInnis 14m14 minutes ago

    Aaron Valdes (turf toe) left with team on bus today for road trip to Riverside and Fullerton. He’s optimistic he can play in at least 1 of 2

  13. Should Ganot rest Valdes?Have him cheer on team from bench.. just the Morale support I think.. Save him for stretch run? Or is it so critical he play hurt?
    Just don’t want Aaron to re injure his toe. Turf Toe, a real bother, limits you a lot
    Well Aaron is A Warrior, like he has been over 4 years !

  14. Things I’d like to see on this road trip:

    1. Quincy to get more comfortable with his outside shot. If he can hit a few each game it’ll force teams to play us more honestly and I think he can do it!

    2. Filipovich to get some meaningful playing time and be a contributor. To me he has the best chance of being a contributor out of the players that don’t see regular minutes (along with drammeh) and establishing depth will be key for the stretch run.

    3. Rod, Janks, and Isaac to continue their dominance. So impressed with them and Valdes. When healthy, we’ve got 4 players that can take over a game.

  15. UHF you need to change your name. It’s been ten more times.

  16. Valdes prolly was included in the trip because of possible family time. That’s my guess

  17. Re: That’s what I was thinking, too, Plus, it’s always good to have a veteran presence on the road, and it’ll force Riverside and Fullerton to at least plan for the possibility that he may play.

  18. North Idaho College, SG 6-6, Braian Angola-Rodas has offer from Hawaii and several other schools, per McInnis.

  19. I’d much rather rest Valdes until he’s fully recovered. Even if it means losing the next few games. Turf toe can lead to serious problems if it doesn’t heal properly. Better to have him ready towards the end of the season when games really matter.

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