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Final homestand is a huge one for Warriors

This week marks the last chance of this season for fans to watch the University of Hawai’i basketball team in person at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center. The schedule couldn’t be more fitting.

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The Rainbow Warriors are looking to have their largest home crowds of this season when they host the top two teams in the Big West Conference on Thursday and Saturday.

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Hawai’i has an overall record of 20-8 and is currently tied for third place in the BWC at 11-5. The Warriors host second-place UC Riverside (12-5) on Thursday, then first-place UC Irvine (13-3) on Saturday.

A win on Thursday would put the Warriors in second place, setting up an epic showdown with UC Irvine on Senior Night Saturday.

Hawai’i will then close the regular season with two road games (at CSUN on March 2, then at UC Santa Barbara on March 4). The last – and only – time a Hawai’i team won the BWC regular-season championship was in 2016 (Hawai’i previously won two regular-season championships in the Western Athletic Conference).

Here are a few more notes about this week:

• This is just the 10th Hawai’i team since 1969 (when Hawai’i started playing a full collegiate schedule) to record a 20-win season.

• Seniors Samuta Avea, Kamaka Hepa and Juan Munoz will be honored after Saturday’s game. Avea and Hepa are both two-year starters for the Warriors; Munoz has been on the roster since the start of the 2021-22 season, but injuries kept him off the court both seasons.

• Hawai’i already owns a 67-63 win at UC Riverside this season. Another UH win on Thursday would give the Warriors the tie-breaker should the two teams finish with identical records at the end of the regular season.

• Thursday’s game, which starts at 7:00 p.m., will be televised in Hawai’i on Spectrum Sports.

• Hawai’i players will wear patches of prominent AfricanAmericans who have had an impact in Hawai‘i during Thursday’s game in celebration of Black History Month.

• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and will have an earlier-than-usual start at 5:00 p.m.

• Saturday’s game is a “White Out” and all fans are encouraged to wear white shirts.

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