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Season is officially over; three other Big West teams in the postseason

The season came to an official close for the University of Hawai’i basketball team on Sunday, when brackets for the various postseason tournaments were announced.

The Rainbow Warriors, who finished 18-13 overall after a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Long Beach State in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament, were already made aware by school officials that they would decline any potential invitations to the so-called “pay to play” tournaments such as the CBI or CIT.

A total of three Big West teams will be continuing play in the postseason.

Regular-season and conference tournament champion UC Irvine earned the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters (30-5) are a No. 13 seed and will face No. 4 seed Kansas State in a first round game at San Jose, Calif.

Cal State Fullerton, which lost to UCI in the Big West tournament championship game, received an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Titans (16-17) will host Cal State Bakersfield in a first round game on Friday. The game is designated as the “Riley Wallace Classic” in honor of the former UH coach.

CSUN, which finished tied for sixth in the Big West, and then lost in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament, was a surprise selection to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Matadors (13-20) will play at Utah Valley on Tuesday.

UC Santa Barbara (22-10) and Hawai’i (18-13) were the only Big West teams other than UCI to finish with winning records, but both UCSB and UH are done for the season.

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The UH women’s team, which finished second in the Big West regular season and conference tournament, will travel to Saint Mary’s for a first round game of the WNIT on Friday.


  1. Wow there is a Riley Wallace classic and UH is not in it, and Fullerton is,
    Who UH has swept during the regular season. Very interesting.

    What if Hawaii hosted a pay to play tourney? You know teams
    Would be down for that

  2. Forget it. Season is over. Pau. Ganot should concentrate. On getting some ready to play true athletes on the team. Crucial recruiting period for our program. !! The fan base is dwindling Matlin!

  3. Why pay to play and only lose in the first round? ONE AND DONE AGAIN!!!

    The program lacks the funding to support a pay to play type tournament and unless things change (coaching), expect UH to be ONE AND DONE for years to come and attendance to the games to diminish except for the die hard fans. Attendance to the games this season was not good! jjay – hit it on the nose! Others will stay home and watch it on TV or not worry about it at all. Think about it…… $6 for parking, $46 for 2 adults and 2 children, and $25 for snacks and drinks. That’s $77 to pay to watch frustration?

    Innovative ways need to be explored so we can hire a coach with the ability to recruit, win big games, and break a press. Admission requirements need to be changed to level the playing field with other major college programs to “get” that recruit.

    What will it take? UH not making it to the Big West Tourney before a coaching change is made?

    With the recruiting signing period coming up, where are we? http://www.bigwest.org/sports/mbball/release.pdf Go to page 9 and look at the other teams in our conference and their recruits. How many does UH have?

    Not renewing my season tickets for sure!

  4. Ganot has got to leave. Or maybe go to some coaching clinics cuz he sucks. If things don’t change this upcoming season then I hope he leaves UH by the 2020-2021 season.

  5. It seemed to be the x and o’s was a problem in the last game vs. LBSU, we did not know how to break the press well.

  6. Is there an entry fee for the CIT and CBI tournaments if you travel ?
    I read there is a big fee if you host but that they cover your travel costs if you travel to another team’s court.

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