The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team will hit the court of Spokane Arena again Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament against fifth-seeded Maryland (26-8).
Coming off of the biggest win in program history against California in the first round, the Big West champion Rainbow Warriors (28-5) aren’t satisfied with their widely celebrated accomplishments.
“We never settle,” senior guard Sai Tummala said. “We won one game, we have more games to go.”
“It’s never been ‘We got one game and everybody can relax.’ I don’t even feel that way to be honest. One hundred percent, I’m ready to go and I feel like we’re gonna win again.”
About their 77-66 upset win over Cal, junior guard Aaron Valdes said “They had a lot of top freshman guys that are projected in the first-round (of the NBA draft).
“We kind of took them out of their game and really smothered them on defense. I think this game we’re going to kind of do the same thing with (the Terrapins).”
Hawai’i held the Golden Bears to nine points below their season average.
Junior forward Stefan Jankovic is steadfast that the performance was no fluke.
“They have that saying in March, when the team gets upset, they usually say if they play 10 times, 9 other times it be different.” Jankovic said.
“So it’s those 40 minutes, how hard you play for those 40 minutes. This team is tough, this team has heart, so we’re gonna put it all out there and that’s all we can do.”
The Rainbow Warriors and Terrapins are scheduled to do battle Sunday at 1:10 p.m. HST. The game will air live on TBS.
Hawai’i is listed as a seven-point underdog.