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When the 2014-15 men's basketball season rolls around, Hawaii will have a new starting point guard. Again. Keith Shamburger, who got the starting nod in 30 of 31 games of 2013-14, intends to depart the Rainbow Warriors and play for another team.

Roderick Bobbitt gave his oral commitment to the Rainbow Warriors on Monday, choosing UH over other primary suitors Saint Mary's and Missouri. He visited the SMC campus but did not go to Mizzou, he said.

As a complete experience, a trip to North Texas for Final Four festivities and the 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game was great for Christian Standhardinger. The all-star game itself? Less so for the Hawaii forward.

UH will add Tyler Harville of Lexington, Ky., as a preferred walk-on for the 2014-15 season and has a commitment from Abel Porter of Kaysville, Utah, to play for the Rainbow Warriors three seasons from now.

Christian Standhardinger has a chance to brand a new final memory as a college basketball player. The UH forward will participate in Friday's 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the Final Four.

University of Hawaii men's basketball averaged its largest home crowds in eight years this season, just missing the $1 million mark in ticket revenue, officials said.

The NCAA will conduct an in-person investigation of the University of Hawaii men's basketball program by the end of the month, multiple sources told the Ho­no­lulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday.

The 2013-14 UH hoops season came to an end on Selection Sunday with no berth awarded in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the last possibility that the Rainbow Warriors (20-11) would play games through March.

A second straight appearance for the Rainbow Warriors in the pay-to-play CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is highly unlikely on the heels of their 87-84 overtime loss to Cal State Northridge in the Big West quarterfinals.

The Rainbow Warriors were rendered speechless by their 87-84 overtime defeat to Cal State Northridge in the Big West tournament quarterfinals at the Honda Center on Thursday.

FULLERTON, CALIF. » This first-round Big West tournament battle has gone to the dogs. Hawaii coach Gib Arnold and Cal State Northridge coach Reggie Theus both ascribed canine references to Thursday's matchup at the Honda Center between the two teams closest matched (on paper) in the eight-team event.

Hawaii forward Isaac Fotu was named to the District 9 second team of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District teams.

ANAHEIM, CALIF. » Should Hawaii win three times in three days in the Big West Conference tournament starting Thursday, the Rainbow Warriors will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Should they not, their postseason possibilities become interesting.

Reaching 20 wins for the first time in a decade was great and all for Hawaii, as was a final taste of victory at the Stan Sheriff Center for the Rainbow Warriors' three seniors.

Senior night was a true celebration once again for Hawaii. After fending off Cal State Fullerton 81-77 through some tense final minutes, UH could finally go out in style.

Hawaii seniors Christian Standhardinger, Brandon Spearman and Davis Rozitis will suit up at the Stan Sheriff Center one final time on Saturday night against Cal State Fullerton.

No hard feelings exist among the Hawaii men's basketball team in the wake of Thursday's unexpected fan encounter at UC Santa Barbara that drew national attention.

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. » The road turned rough for the Hawaii men's basketball team Thursday night. In their final regular-season game on the mainland, the Rainbow Warriors dropped an 86-77 decision to UC Santa Barbara.

If UH is to take the Big West Conference tournament title next week, it will have to win three times in three days in Anaheim, Calif. One of the best ways for the Rainbow Warriors to announce they are capable of doing so? Finishing with their first winning conference road record in over a decade might do nicely.

Hawaii senior Christian Standhardinger, a font of boundless energy, must take his hoops breaks on the mental side. After reaching the 1,000-point career plateau, a few days of recuperation were most welcome by the captain.

DePaul of the Big East Conference and Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference are the seventh and eighth teams that will participate in Hawaii's nationally televised college basketball holiday tournament, DHC executive director David Matlin confirmed.

LONG BEACH, Calif. » For the second time in 13 months, a late shot foiled Hawaii's hopes of victory at Long Beach State. Travis Hammonds made a 3-point basket with 8.1 seconds remaining to give the 49ers a 63-61 victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Big West Conference play on Thursday night in front of 3,663 at the Walter Pyramid.

It's no longer impossible to beat Long Beach State on the 49ers' home court merely very difficult. The Beach may not possess the same aura of invincibility in the Walter Pyramid in 2014 as its Big West regular-season title runs of the past three years

Assistant coach Brandyn Akana was absent when the Hawaii men's basketball team took its annual picture Monday and multiple sources say he is not expected back for the remainder of the 2013-14 regular season.

The clock is running down on the 2013-14 college basketball season, but there's still a little time for teams to make a push going into March. For Hawaii, that means shooting for an upset road victory at Long Beach State on Thursday.

Two Hawaii bigs were better than one Corey Hawkins. Forwards Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu combined for 47 points and 22 rebounds and the Rainbow Warriors overcame another monster game by the UC Davis guard 29 points in an 86-77 victory over the Aggies on Saturday night.

In "Hoosiers," coach Norman Dale demonstrates to his team that the basketball court dimensions of the Indiana state championship venue, Hinkle Fieldhouse, are identical to those of their much smaller gym back at Hickory High.

UC Irvine channeled the emotion and frustration of an overtime home loss to Hawaii last month, then knocked off the Rainbow Warriors in a crucial overtime game on UH's home court, 60-56 on Thursday night.

The stakes couldn't be much clearer, or much higher. Win at home over UC Irvine on Thursday, and Hawaii has a legitimate shot at its first Big West regular-season title.

Sporting one of the most recognizable hairdos on the island has its occasional drawbacks. Such is the burden for Hawaii forward Isaac Fotu. It's become increasingly difficult for the 6-foot-8 sophomore to remain anonymous -- off the basketball court or on it.

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