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2016-17 schedule is announced

The University of Hawaii men's basketball team defeats Long Beach State and captures the championship of the 2016 Big West Tournament at the Honda Center, Anaheim, CA on March 12, 2016. Photo: Brandon Flores.

The 2016-17 schedule for the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team is complete, and it includes 19 home games and 29 regular-season games overall.

Some of the key dates:

* November 11 — season opener against SIU-Edwardsville

* November 18 — home game vs. national power North Carolina

* December 6 & 7 — games vs. Seton Hall and Princeton at Bloch Arena as part of the Pearl Harbor Invitational

* December 22, 23 & 25 — Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Invitational

* January 5 — Big West Conference opener at Cal State Fullerton (also marks the first true road trip of the season)

* January 14 — Big West Conference home opener vs. Long Beach State

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Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i released its 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule which features 19 home games at the Stan Sheriff Center. This year’s non-conference schedule is highlighted by a home matchup with North Carolina and a trio of tournaments in the Outrigger Rainbow Classic, the Pearl Harbor Invitational and the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

The Outrigger Rainbow Classic officially opens UH’s 2016-17 season. The ‘Bows will tip the season off Nov. 11 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in a round-robin tournament which also includes Texas State and Florida Atlantic. It will be the 52nd edition of the tournament and 21st under the sponsorship of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

Following the Outrigger Rainbow Classic, UH will host 2016 NCAA Championship runner-up North Carolina on Nov. 18 in a game presented by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. UH last hosted the Tar Heels in 1994, during the inaugural season of the Stan Sheriff Center.

“When our fans hear Outrigger Rainbow Classic they know that it’s the start of the college basketball season” head coach Eran Ganot said. “And the fact that we have North Carolina also coming early in the season makes it even more exciting. We’re extremely grateful for Outrigger’s continued support and look forward to finally getting our team out on the court after all their hard work during the off-season.”

Other single-game, non-conference home contests this season include UH Hilo (Nov. 22), Troy (Nov. 25), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 27) and Delaware State (Dec. 29).

As previously announced, UH will participate in a unique and meaningful event when they lace it up for the Pearl Harbor Invitational at historic Bloch Arena on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Games versus Seton Hall (Dec. 6) and Princeton (Dec. 7) will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Christmas week brings the eight annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-23, 25). Five teams in the field made the postseason last year, including San Diego State, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah and UH. The Rainbow Warriors open the Classic versus Illinois State in the night cap on December 22.

“Each year we focus on a balance between competition, national TV appearances, and special opportunities and experiences for our student-athletes—such as the Pearl Harbor Invitational,” Ganot said. “I believe we’ve achieved that with this year’s non-conference schedule.”

In January, UH will begin defense of its Big West Conference regular-season title with a 16-game league schedule. The ‘Bows will open on the road with a pair of games at Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 5) and UC Irvine (Jan 7) then will return home for five straight home games, beginning with a tilt against Long Beach State (Jan. 14) in a rematch of last year’s Big West Tournament final.

The ‘Bows will play four of its final five Big West games on the road. UH’s home finale will be Feb. 25 versus Cal State Fullerton before ending the regular season on the road at UC Davis (March 2) and Long Beach State (March 4).

“The Big West has been on the rise for some time and that trend should continue,” Ganot said. “We’re very proud to represent such a great conference with terrific coaches and players and look forward to the challenge of this year’s slate.”

A total of nine newcomers join this year’s squad following a historic 28-win campaign in 2015-16.

“We have a lot of new faces on this year’s squad,” Ganot said, “and it would be great to see the same tremendous crowds and charged atmosphere that we enjoyed last season. The Stan Sheriff Center is truly one of the best college basketball venues in the West.”

19 Comments

  1. 1st time in 18 years,there are no non-conference road games off of Oahu, per a tweet. Going to Pearl Harbor is not much of a road game too.

  2. Does anyone have any idea when the NCAA appeals committee will announce their decision on the sanctions? i feel like it’s been over three months.

  3. Off topic, I know, but does anyone have updates on Bobbitt and Valdes?

  4. Ex-#HawaiiMBB guard Roderick Bobbitt will play with GKK Sibenik in Croatia to begin his pro career http://www.eurobasket.com/Croatia/news/458737/GKK-Sibenik-adds-Roderick-Bobbitt
    per McInnis

  5. Can’t find it now, but I read somewhere that Valdes signed in Europe too.

  6. Brian McInnis ‏@Brian_McInnis Jul 20
    Sounds like Aaron Valdes is closing in on a job in Europe.

  7. Thanks for the info islandman and PONO!

  8. Owies keeps looking better and better. Nice spot interview.

  9. Owies knew Purchase since he was 10, per the interview.
    Ido Flaisher is 6′ 10″, per McInnis.

  10. Am impressed with Math’s expressions of happiness with Hawaii and with Jack here.

    Expecting a lot of upside from both of these new Warriors!

  11. I think this team has a nice feel. They will play the style that we can expect out of future Ganot teams. Very smart and disciplined players. I think Owies will surprise people with this decision making. Green, Lewis and Buggs when healthy give us some athletic perimeter defenders although they don’t have elite size. Raimo, Purchase and Fleischer should get great experience and with MT coming back next year we should have a very deep team to make a run.

  12. Nice to see Owies’ excitement.

    Any updates on the NCAA appeal?

  13. Is Jamie Smith coming back? If not, who will be taking over his duties? Will Zane Johnson remain Graduate Manager?

  14. Jamie Smith will not be back and I think BM said that they would be naming a DOBO soon.

  15. It’s safe to say that Wahine basketball program under Beeman is more established than the men’s as Ganot has just one season under his belt as he builds his program.

    To a certain extent, it’s reflected in the schedules. In non-conference play, Wahine travel to USC, UCLA, Nevada and Boise State. They’ll also play Oregon and Mississippi State at home. Great preparation for Big West play.

  16. Sammis Reyes ‏@SammisReyes Aug 25 New Orleans, LA
    Officially Committed to Tulane University‼️ Couldn’t be more excited to play for coach @MikeDunleavySr #GreenWave

  17. Tulane was last place last year in the American Athletic Conference. East Carolina was tied for next to last. Maybe different this coming season.

  18. Owie’s Enthusiasm is IDEAL For a Team Leader (Point)
    AND Ambassador to Bring In even More Talent…

    Jack Purchase has Talent, Work Ethic and Pedigree

    AND I Hear Similar Things for EE-Do (Ido Flaisher)
    whose DAD IS TALLER (Still Growing?) and also Played Israeli Pro

    In ABSENCE of a more Detailed Scout OR Hype:
    Because WE Know This Staff
    (WE Will Know Them by Their Fruit):
    I Would COUNT ON:
    1) Good to Great Students!
    2) Good to Great Citizens, People; Winners @ ‘Everything’;
    3) Good to Great Work Ethic AND Skills; Very Coachable;
    4) Smart BB Players/ BBIQ;
    5) Team First
    6) NOT Under-Achievers

    Teams that Consistently Find Ways to WIN
    From Tip-Off to a Full-40+
    Because That’s ALL They Know…
    Go ‘Bows!

    ——-
    TWO Thoughts that Were NOT Guaranteed Five Months Ago…
    1) Any Other Really Good Player/Recruit – Gotta Walk-On, Wait for Next(!) Scholarship
    2) Maybe they’ll still ADD a Game or Two {BUT I Never Count on Help from NCAA}
    Won’t Hardly Matter ‘cos these Players are Thinking Long-Term, Not Immediate Gratification;
    And NCAA Can’t Keep A Good Program Down…Nice Schedule, Staff!

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