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Big week in Big West for Warriors

If the University of Hawai’i basketball team wants to make a move up the standings of the Big West Conference, this week could be a crucial one.

The Rainbow Warriors will host Long Beach State on Thursday and UC Santa Barbara  on Saturday. Hawai’i is 12-7 overall and currently tied for fourth place in the Big West at 3-2.

Long Beach State is 8-13 and 2-3. However, the 49ers are the only Big West team that can claim a victory over current first-place UC Irvine. Long Beach beat UCI, 80-70, on January 16 at Irvine.

UCSB is 15-4 and 4-1. In what could work in Hawai’i’s favor, the Gauchos will host UC Irvine in a showdown for first place on Thursday night in Santa Barbara. The Gauchos will then, presumably, travel to Honolulu on Friday.

Pending outcomes earlier in the week, the UH vs. UCSB game on Saturday could become a battle for first place.

Head coach Eran Ganot understands the importance of both games this week, and said large crowds at the Stan Sheriff Center will make a difference.

“Fans in Hawai’i, they always appreciate a product, and I think we’ve been peforming,” Ganot said. “And they appreciate effort and our guys give the highest level of effort. And they appreciate team. They’re response (during the UC Davis game on Saturday) was really important for our team, and we need that moving forward … it’s huge. We have the greatest fans. They’re loud as heck, they’re a very appreciative and knowledgeable group, and I just want to thank them again.”

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Free admission on Saturday for furloughed federal employees

University of Hawai’i Athletics is offering free admission to furloughed U.S. Government employees who were impacted by the government shutdown. Federal employees may receive free tickets to the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 2 and men’s volleyball match on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
“Due to the recent government shutdown, we wanted to do our part to show our support for Hawai’i’s federal workers,” Athletics Director David Matlin said. “Mahalo to Sodexo for joining us to offer those affected with tickets, hot dog and a soda at our upcoming games. We stand with you during this difficult time and hope an evening with the Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine provide a small token of our appreciation. Aloha.”
Federal employees must show their current valid government ID to receive up to four tickets per event. Tickets will be available at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office on game days, 90 minutes prior to game time.
In addition, employees and their guests can redeem food vouchers for a free hot dog and 20oz. soft drink per person courtesy of Sodexo.
Tickets are subject to availability and seat locations vary by event. The offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Other restrictions may apply.

Wednesday’s Games
CSUN at Cal State Fullerton

Thursday’s Games
Cal Poly at UC Riverside
UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara
Long Beach State at Hawai’i

Saturday’s Games
UC Davis at UC Riverside
UC Irvine at Long Beach State
Cal Poly at CSUN
UC Santa Barbara at Hawai’i

1 Comment

  1. It is looking like the top and bottom are starting to separate. UH definitely belongs in the top half. Irvine is in first for now but UH was kicking their butts for most of the game before the meltdown at the end. If UH can win both games this week, they will have a great shot at the title. They always have a bad match ups with Long Beach, so lets see how that one goes first.

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