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UH men's basketball 2013-14 schedule released

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:05 p.m. HST, Aug 27, 2013

The Hawaii men's basketball 2013-14 schedule was released today with no major surprises. Five nonconference opponents were listed that were not previously reported by the Star-Advertiser.

There are 19 home games on the docket, including eight Big West Conference opponents. All told, 10 of UH's foes reached the postseason in March.

UH opens the regular season on Nov. 8 against Tennessee State as part of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic. 

The Rainbow Warriors open Big West Conference play on the road for the first time, at Cal Poly on Jan. 9. Four of UH's first five league games are on the mainland.

The 'Bows will play a Green and White Scrimmage at 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center on Oct. 19 to kick off the preseason.

The full fields of the Rainbow Classic and the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic were previously revealed. UH plays Boise State in the first round of the DHC on Dec. 22.

"Our team will be tested early with three very good squads in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic," UH coach Gib Arnold said in a statement. "We have two very tough trips to Northern Arizona (Dec. 7) and national power Missouri (in Kansas City Nov. 16) and those should really prepare us for the rigors of Big West play. Of course the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will again be one of the premier tournaments in the country and we weren't given any favors by being put in a bracket with Boise State, Saint Mary's and South Carolina. Overall, this is a very challenging preseason schedule and one of the toughest in terms of teams in our league."

Other highlights include a game at Kauai High School against Chaminade on Dec. 14  (note: UH corrected the game from the 15th) and an ESPN-televised midnight affair against former Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State on Nov. 12 to conclude the Rainbow Classic.

Nonconference opponents on the schedule not previously reported were: 

>> Hawaii Hilo, Nov. 21 at Stan Sheriff Center

>> New Orleans, Nov. 27 at Stan Sheriff Center

>> Chaminade, Dec. 14 at Kauai High School

>> Norfolk State, Dec. 30 at Stan Sheriff Center

>> Nebraska-Omaha, Jan. 3 at Stan Sheriff Center

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Morimoto wrote:
I saw their full schedule on the UH website, another cupcake schedule. I want to see how tough their schedule ranks nationally. Anyone can say they have a tough schedule but lets see how it compares to other teams.
on August 27,2013 | 01:02PM
berrygood wrote:
This is the type of non-conference schedule you would play if you were in the Pac-12..But UH basically plays in one of the many "invisible" conferences it would be tough for them to make the post season on their record alone..I'd rather see the team play hard and lose to the powerhouses of college basketball then to stumble around these no names and play in a half empty arena..Just my opinion but at some point padding the schedule does nothing for you except maybe adding a year to the coaches contract..
on August 27,2013 | 01:57PM
Morimoto wrote:
Agreed, Gib is afraid adding tougher teams won't allow him to reach his goal for wins in a season. The Big West is already one of the weaker conferences around so they need to play a tougher non-conference schedule but no, Gib thinks he can fool us into thinking the team has a successful season if it finished above .500 against mediocre competition.
on August 27,2013 | 02:13PM
Muraoka wrote:
He's sure doing a good job fooling Ben Gay. How can the man let the Giblet get away with this? New Orleans LOST to Houston Baptist -- TWICE! By 13 points! Omaha lost to North Dakota State twice. Hilo? Chaminade? This is not an upgrade. It is just Hilo, Chaminade, New Orleans, and Omaha masquerading as Arkansas Pine Bluff, Houston Baptist, Maryland Eastern Shore and North Dakota. HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!
on August 27,2013 | 04:20PM
islandsun wrote:
Be wise for Jay not to award another contract term to Arnold. We've had enough time to see what he can do. Let him go if he wants to. The program cant get much lower.
on August 27,2013 | 01:55PM
ehowzit wrote:
on August 27,2013 | 03:50PM
luckyman wrote:
Pretty bad that the best comment you can say about UH basketball, that you're a season ticket holder for 50 years!!! LOL
on August 27,2013 | 04:05PM
berrygood wrote:
I've been going to UH games Since Larry Little which makes me one thing..OLD!..and I really have a problem with the base fan support being over 60..What we think matters little..We support the team and go to the games but this is a University for students first and foremost..I feel bad for the players when I look through the lower level seating and see very few students..and all us gray haired old folks..This should not be the case..As far as coaching the rainbows, There was Larry Little..(terrible) followed by his assistant Riley(Great effort but poor game management which kept his teams from really making a mark) Wallace..Don't get me wrong, I thought he was a really great guy..His nephew and Larry Little's kid lived accross the hall from me in the dorms..But I digress..lol...Then Gib's dad..That experiment didn't go well..imo..Then Bob Nash..another geat guy..Wish he would have done better..and now of course Gib...UH has had good people..Only Riley seemed to be able to recruit AND coach..Got players to play "D" which is always an acomplishment..Gib is far too emotional for me..It then translates to the players who at times can come unglued..Then some leave...So they play a light weight schedule..and if the lose one or two you and I and a few other old folks are the only ones in the arena..That's a risk that can lead to low attendance and the Basketball team in the red..Sure I can see this kind of schedule once in a while but I think most folks just feel that Gib pushes for a light schedule because he may lack a little confidence in his chances to win..Which relates to his pocketbook..Hard to evaluate your D one team playing Hilo and Chaminade...Just hope no one gets hurt in these very meaningless games.
on August 27,2013 | 05:23PM
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