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Believe it or not, the end of the season is near for the University of Hawai’i basketball team. The last two home games of the regular season are this week – Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, then UC Riverside on Saturday – at the Stan Sheriff Center.

How the Rainbow Warriors perform in those two games could help them lengthen the season in March.

Hawai’i is 15-11 overall and tied for fourth place in the Big West Conference at 6-6. The Warriors have a mathematical shot at finishing as high as second place … or as low as ninth.

In effect, they can assure themselves a decent seeding for the Big West Conference Championship Tournament (March 12-14 at Anaheim) with a sweep of the final two home games this week.

What’s more, the Warriors already beat Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside on the road earlier this season. The Titans are 10-17 overall and tied for sixth place at 5-7. The Highlanders, who host UC Santa Barbara on Thursday before heading to Hawai’i, are 15-14 overall and in eighth place at 5-8.

Saturday’s game is also “Senior Night” for the Warriors, and seniors Eddie Stansberry and Zigmars Raimo will be honored after the game.

Stansberry, a 6-foot-3 guard from San Francisco, Calif., has emerged as one of the best 3-point shooters in program history. With at least five games remaining in his UH career, he has a shot at several single-season and career records for 3-pointers made, attempted and free throw percentage.

Raimo, a 6-9 forward from Madona, Latvia, is regarded as one of the most improved players in program history. During his first two seasons as a Warrior, Raimo averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. With at least five games remaining this season, he will likely end up leading the Warriors in both rebounding and steals for the second consecutive year.

HAWAI’I (15-11, 6-6 Big West) vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON (10-17, 5-7 Big West)
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m.  HT
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Television: Spectrum Sports (Channels 12 / 1012 in Hawai’i)
Streaming Video: BigWest.tv
Radio: Live on ESPN Honolulu (1420 AM/92.7 FM), KRKH (Maui), KPUA (Hawai’i Island), and KTOH (Kaua’i).
Audio Webcast: ESPNHonolulu.com/Sideline Hawai’i App.
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Ticket Information: Lower level – $32; Upper level (prices vary by section) – $22 or $15 for adults, $18 or $13 for senior citizens, $8 or $5 for students. UH Manoa students free with validated ID. Parking is $7.
Coaches: Head coach Eran Ganot is in his fifth season at UH (84-54). Dedrique Taylor is in his seventh season at Cal State Fullerton (93-124).
Series Information: UH leads, 12-4.
Promotions: Hawaii Pacific Health is the sponsor of Thursday’s “Wear Pink” game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Hawaii Pacific Health will distribute 400 pink rally towels and other great prizes throughout the night.

This week’s games
Wednesday

CSUN at Long Beach State

Thursday
UC Irvine at Cal Poly
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside
Cal State Fullerton at Hawai’i

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

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