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On to the conference games

Along with 2018, the non-conference portion of the 2018-19 season for the University of Hawai’i basketball team is now over.

The Rainbow Warriors went 9-5 against non-conference opponents, and the Big West Conference regular season is up next. Hawai’i will open Big West action with a home game against Cal State Fullerton on January 9.

Since joining the Big West in the 2012-13 season, the Warriors have now posted a winning non-conference record in six of seven seasons. Here are the previous six seasons:

2017-18: 9-4 non-conference start; 8-8 Big West; 17-13 final record

2016-17: 6-7 non-conference start; 8-8 Big West; 14-16 final record

2015-16: 11-2 non-conference start; 13-3 Big West; 28-6 final record

2014-15: 12-4 non-conference start; 8-8 Big West; 22-13 final record

2013-14: 11-3 non-coference start; 9-7 Big West; 20-11 final record

2012-13: 6-5 non-conference start; 10-8 Big West; 17-15 final record

Here are some other notes from the Warriors’ 2018-19 non-conference schedule:

> Hawai’i is currently at No. 151 in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET). The NET will be used to help determine at-large bids and seedings for the NCAA Tournament.

> Hawai’i has played seven teams ranked in the top 150 of the NET – North Texas (38), Seton Hall (46), Fresno State (67), Colorado (73), UCLA (93), Rhode Island (103) and Utah (142). The Warriors had a 3-4 record in those seven games.

> On the other end of the spectrum, the Warriors also scored wins against two NCAA Division II programs (Humboldt State and Hawai’i-Hilo) and two teams ranked in the bottom 10 of the NET (Alabama A&M at 344 and Mississippi Valley State at 347).

> Four Hawai’i players are currently averaging double-figure points: Eddie Stansberry (13.2), Zigmars Raimo (11.1), Jack Purchase (10.8) and Brocke Stepteau (10.4). The last time a Hawai’i team finished the season with four players averaging double-figure points was 2013-14 (Christian Standhardinger, Isaac Fotu, Garrett Nevels and Brandon Spearman).

> Stansberry has already made 43 3-pointers, which puts him on pace to challenge the UH season record of 98 set by Zane Johnson in the 2010-11 season.

> Purchase has 32 3-pointers this season, which gives him a career total of 154. That already ranks him at No. 6 on the UH list for 3-pointers in a career. The record is 180, set by Zane Johnson. At Purchase’s current pace, he would surpass Johnson’s career total sometime before the end of the Big West regular season.

> The Warriors, as a team, have made 120 3-pointers. That puts them on pace to break the school’s team record of 241, which was set by the 2001-02 team that played in the NCAA Tournament.

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