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2019-20 season will feature celebrations in honor of 100 years of UH basketball

Courtesy www.hawaiiathletics.com

The 2019-20 season will be the 100th season of competition for the University of Hawai’i basketball program. As part of the season-long celebration, three games on the 2019-20 schedule will feature special recognitions.

• November 29 vs. San Francisco will be “Fabulous Five” Night. The team that put UH basketball on the national map will be honored, and an autograph session will follow the game. During the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons, the Rainbow Warriors went 47-8 and became the first UH teams to play in the NIT (1971) and NCAA (1972) tournaments. The starting five of Al Davis, Jerome  Freeman, Dwight Holiday, Bob Nash and John Penebacker have remained legendary figures in UH basketball lore.

January 25 vs. UC Davis will be “100th Season Game.” Past UH players have been invited to attend this game, and all of UH’s postseason teams will be recognized at halftime. The current team will wear retro jerseys during this game in honor of the past teams.

February 15 vs. UC Irvine will be “Bob Nash Jersey Retirement” night. Nash, a member of the previously mentioned “Fabulous Five” teams and a fixture in the UH program for 31 years, will become the first player in UH men’s basketball history to have his jersey number retired. Nash set numerous rebounding records during his two seasons as a player at UH, and also served as an assistant/associate coach for 26 years, and then three seasons as head coach.

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