(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team hosts Howard on Friday, Dec. 29 in the team's final non-conference game before opening Big West play. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Rainbow Warriors went 1-2, as they fell to then-No. 6 Miami, beat Davidson and concluded the tournament with a Christmas Day loss to Princeton. UH has been a good bounce-back team this year, going 3-0 after a loss with an average margin of victory of 10.0 points.
This will be the second meeting in the last three seasons between UH and Howard, out of the MEAC. The 'Bows defeated the Bison 94-59 in January 2016 and are undefeated in 15 all-time meetings with MEAC schools.
Following its game against Howard, UH will open Big West play with a pair of road games at Long Beach State (Jan. 4) and CSUN (Jan. 6).
Game 13 Who: Hawai'i (8-4, 0-0 Big West) vs. Howard (3-12, 0-0 MEAC) When: Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 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 with Bobby Curran and Jeff Portnoy. 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. Promotions:First Insurance Company of Hawaii is the game sponsor and will distribute 500 basketball shaped tote bags at Gate A. Great prizes will be awarded throughout the night and sign up for your chance to win at the sports marketing table at Gate A. Coaches:Eran Ganot is in his third season at UH (50-26). Kevin Nickelberry is in his ninth season at Howard (72-166) Series Information: UH leads, 2-0.
About Howard: The Bison are just 3-12 but have won two of their last four games, including their last outing on Dec. 22, an 80-75 win vs. UNC Wilmington in the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso...Howard has played all but three of their games away from home and is winless on the road (0-11)...RJ Cole (21.6 ppg) and Charles Williams (18.4 ppg) account for nearly 60 percent of the team's scoring.