The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball squad will open their 2018-19 season this weekend as the ‘Bows host the 54th annual Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Warriors will open play on Friday against Portland, before facing Humboldt State on Saturday and North Texas on Sunday.
UH got off to a fast start in the team’s lone exhibition game of the season against Hawaii Pacific last week, en route to an 81-45 win.
UH shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field, while holding the Sharks to just 29 percent.
Much of the damage came inside where UH out-scored HPU, 46-16. Junior forward Zigmars Raimo led UH with 20 points, while also adding eight rebounds and four assists. Senior Jack Purchase chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while guards Eddie Stansberry (12 points) and Brocke Stepteau (10) led the Rainbow Warrior backcourt.
For Stepteau, 2018 will serve as his final season with the program, and he intends to finish it the way he came into it.
“Yeah I mean it’s the last ride. It’s kind of sad thinking about it because Hawaii has been such a big part of my life, giving me the opportunity to play. But at the same time I’m looking to make the most of it. I want to leave a legacy here as far as pushing the culture forward. I think that’s what all of us seniors want to do. Just kind of bring that winning culture back. I got to experience that my freshman year when we went to the tournament. I think all we’re focused on right now is winning,” Brockteau told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “I think if we’re able to do that I’ll have no regrets when the times up. If we can really reach our maximum potential and get back to the tournament and get winning ways back to the program which is what we’re all striving for.”
What: 54th Annual Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic
Who: Hawai’i (0-0, 0-0 Big West) vs. Portland (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
When: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. HT
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Television: Live on Spectrum Sports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD). Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play) and Artie Wilson (color) on the call.
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV (Must be a Spectrum cable subscriber to stream in Hawai’i).
Radio: Live on ESPN 1420 AM. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KPUA on the Big Island, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Audio Webcast: ESPN1420am.com/Sideline Hawai’i App.
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Ticket Information: $5-$30. UH Manoa students free with validated ID. Available for purchase online.
Coaches: Eran Ganot is in his fourth season at UH (59-35). Terry Porter is in his third season at Portland (21-44).
Series Information: UH leads 12-8.
Promotions: Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is the tournament sponsor and will award one-night hotel stays and gift certificates throughout the tournament. Sunday is Military Night and Active, DOD civilians, reservists, and retired members of the military will receive 50% off regularly priced tickets in select areas by log in or sign in on govx.com.
Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic Schedule
Friday, Nov. 9
Humboldt State vs. North Texas, 4:30 p.m.
Hawai’i vs. Portland, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10
North Texas vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.
Hawai’i vs. Humboldt State, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Hawai’i vs. North Texas, 6:00 p.m.
Rainbow Classic Notables
- UH is 90-65 (.581) all-time in the Classic.
- UH has won the tournament on 15 occasions with the most recent title coming last year.
- This will be Portland’s third appearance (2-4; 1966, 2001) in the tournament, North Texas’ second (2-1, 1967) and the first Rainbow Classic appearance for Humboldt State.
- UH is 8-1 in the Rainbow Classic under Eran Ganot.
- General Notes
- UH received 15 votes in the CollegeInsider.com preseason midmajor poll.
- UH is 29-18 in season-openers since 1969.
- UH has lost just once in its last nine season openers.
- UH has defeated Portland in the last three meetings with the last matchup in the 2011 CIT Postseason Tournament. UH won 76-64 in Honolulu.
- UH will meet Humboldt State for the first time, while the ‘Bows are 1-3 against North Texas with the last meeting coming 1990.