(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team takes on Cal Poly in its Big West home opener, the first of four straight home games in the month of January for the Rainbow Warriors. Tipoff for the game is 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH went 1-1 on the road to open league with polar opposite defensive efforts. The 'Bows allowed 63 percent shooting and a season-high 89 points at Long Beach State, only to turnaround in its very next game and hold CSUN to just 28 percent and a season low 45 points.
Defense will be key once again, particularly on the perimeter. Cal Poly, the top three-point shooting team in the conference, made 19 three-pointers in its last game. Meanwhile, UH held its first two Big West opponents to a combined 4-of-25 (.160) from behind the arc.
Offensively, UH will continue to look to senior forward Mike Thomas who is averaging 17.3 ppg and shooting 80 percent (28-of-35) in the last four games, including 14-of-16 (.875) from the field in the first two Big West games of the year.
The Rainbow Warriors have defeated the Mustangs five straight times dating back to 2015, and have lost just once to the Mustangs in the last seven meetings.
Following its game vs. Cal Poly, UH will host UC Santa Barbara, on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Who: Hawai'i (10-5, 1-1 Big West) vs. Cal Poly (6-10, 1-1 Big West)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 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: 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: Anheuser Busch is the game sponsor and will great prizes throughout the night. 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 (52-27). Joe Callero is in his 10th season at CSUN (117-149).
Series Information: Series tied, 6-6.
About Cal Poly: The Mustangs finished seventh in the Big West last year and were picked ninth in this year's preseason poll...Cal Poly split a pair of nail-biters at home in the opening weekend...CP erased a 21-point deficit in a 80-79 win over UCSB and fell to Cal State Fullerton 101-97 in OT...the Mustangs lead the BW in three-point fields (9.3) and least turnovers committed (11.3) per game.