HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i released its 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule which features 19 home games at the Stan Sheriff Center. This year’s non-conference schedule is highlighted by a matchup with Pittsburgh on Maui, a return to the Neal Blaisdell Center and the sixth annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
The Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic officially opens UH’s 2014-15 season. The ‘Bows will tip the season off Nov. 14 against Bakersfield in a round-robin tournament which also includes Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 2014 NIT participant High Point (N.C.)
Following the Classic, UH heads to Wailuku, Maui for its annual pilgrimage to the neighbor islands. UH will take on ACC power Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 21 at War Memorial Gymnasium. This will be UH’s third trip to the Valley Isle in five years after also making appearances in 2010 and ’11.
UH will host a pair of games versus Hawaii Pacific (Nov. 26) and Delaware State (Nov. 26), before making its first trip to the mainland. Hawai’i will face Brigham Young—a 2014 NCAA participant—in Salt Lake City on Dec. 6, the second meeting between the teams in the Gib Arnold era (also in 2010). A week later the ‘Bows will play another neutral site matchup when it takes on Washington State of the Pac-12 in the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle’s KeyArena.
Following two straight games on the mainland, the Rainbow Warriors return to Hawai’i to face Chaminade in an intra-island rivalry on Dec. 19 at the Blaisdell Center. It will be UH’s first contest at the NBC—which served as its home court for nearly 30 years—since 1994.
Christmas week brings the sixth annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-23, 25). Five teams in the field made the postseason last year, highlighted by Wichita State which was ranked as high as No. 2. Also joining UH in the tournament are Colorado, DePaul, George Washington, Loyola Marymount, Nebraska and Ohio.
UH will complete its non-conference schedule with home games versus Southern (Dec. 29) and 2014 NIT qualifier and 2013 NCAA Cinderella squad Florida Gulf Coast (Jan. 3).
UH commences its third season in the Big West Conference with a 16-game league schedule. As opposed to last year when UH endured a road-heavy start, the ‘Bows will play four of its first five games at home, opening up league play versus defending Big West Tournament champions Cal Poly on Jan. 7. Following that opening stretch, UH will play four consecutive road games at Long Beach State (Jan. 29), Cal State Northridge (Jan. 31), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 5) and Cal Poly (Feb. 7). Hawai’i closes the Big West regular season on the road versus Cal State Fullerton on March 7. The 2013 Big West Tournament will be held March 12-14 in Anaheim, Calif.