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UH men's basketball 2013-14 season officially over

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 01:03 a.m. HST, Mar 17, 2014

The Hawaii men's basketball team will not appear in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, UH athletic director Ben Jay confirmed Sunday afternoon, meaning the Rainbow Warriors' 2013-14 season was completed with a quarterfinal loss in the Big West tournament.

After fourth-seeded UH (20-11) fell 87-84 in overtime to fifth-seeded Cal State Northridge on Thursday, Jay said there was a "slim" chance the team would play in the pay-for-play CIT for the second straight season. That assessment turned out to be accurate as the 32-team CIT, chaired by former UH coach Riley Wallace, did not extend an offer for the Rainbows to play a first-round road game, as was believed to be be the only feasible option for cash-strapped UH. Host teams must pay the CIT a fee in excess of $30,000 per game.

UH coach Gib Arnold said after the devastating loss to the Matadors he did not expect to play in the postseason. In that final game, the 'Bows led late in both regulation and the extra period but were unable to turn back Reggie Theus-coached CSUN, which went on to play in the tournament's championship game against Cal Poly. Seventh-seeded Poly prevailed 61-59 despite a 13-19 record and was slotted in the NCAA Tournament's play-in game as a 16 seed on Selection Sunday.

The only Big West team to make the NIT was regular-season champion UC Irvine. The second-place team, UC Santa Barbara, was believed to be CIT-bound but no Big West teams were in the CIT field when it was revealed Sunday night.

UH is still optimistic that it's women's basketball team will be in the 64-team WNIT field which will be officially announced on Monday. Laura Beeman's Rainbow Wahine stand at 17-13, an identical record as last year's Wahine team when it was invited to the WNIT.

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Slow wrote:
Fire Norm Chow. I know, wrong sport but it seems to be what knowledgeable UH sports fan say.
on March 16,2014 | 04:28PM
derek_millennium wrote:
What do you expect with such a weak schedule. Talented players but poor coaching dont amount to respectablility
on March 16,2014 | 06:50PM
Anonymous wrote:
In the meantime the Big West is represented by Cal Poly, with one of the weakest records for any team to make it to March Madness ever. If there was any year that the 'Bows could have made some noise, this was the year, but then the outcome for Hawaii was the worst scenario, and no post-season is the result, as anticipated. You can't blame the pundits that look sideways at the results, and state that only the strongest teams with winning records should be allowed to the Big Dance. The Mustangs will be demolished by the perfect Wichita State Shockers. I doubt that they would be worthy of even the NIT - - - - - . Such is the bad taste left by the loss to CS Northridge. Time for some serious introspection.
on March 16,2014 | 07:26PM
rbzs1 wrote:
not surprised......
on March 16,2014 | 08:40PM
PokeStop wrote:
Gib has created a facade impression with that 20 win season based solely on a cupcake schedule. How can you count wins against D2 teams? Fire this joker and send him and Chow back to Utah!
on March 17,2014 | 07:34AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Face it Gib couldn't coach a Pop Warner team. He might be able to pay them cash like at USC, or alter some documents, you know, create a federal offense, to get some of his players eligible. He is the ultimate con man, he conned Big Man Donovan and UH been paying the price with this Gib the Libber ever since. This sucka has got to go.
on March 18,2014 | 11:28AM
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