After a sensational win at UC Irvine to stay undefeated on the road and remain atop the Big West Conference, the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team returns home to play UC Riverside on Thursday, Feb. 25 and CSUN on Saturday, Feb. 27. Both start times are set for 7:00 p.m.
The CSUN game will be Senior Night for players Quincy Smith, Roderick Bobbitt, Dyrbe Enos and Sai Tummala who will each be honored with a special ceremony following the game.
UH (22-3, 11-1 BWC) comes into the game with all sorts of momentum. The ‘Bows are coming off a perfect road trip capped by their comeback win over the Anteaters, one that gave them a season sweep over UCI and a stranglehold over the defending league champions for the top spot in the conference.
At the forefront off it all is Stefan Jankovic. The junior big man earned a pair of weekly honors this week after monster performances against CSUN and UC Irvine. Jankovic averaged 29.5 points and 7.0 rebounds across both road wins and his 34 points on a near perfect 12-13 from the field against CSUN was a career-high.
The ‘Bows are in the final stretches in what has already been a historic run. Should they run the table in their four remaining regular season games, they would equal the program record for wins in a season (27). The 22-3 mark is the best record through 25 games since the 1971-72 team that finished 24-3 and their 6-0 league road record is a first in program history.
Games 26 & 27
Who: Hawai’i (22-3, 11-1 Big West) vs. UC Riverside (13-15, 4-8 Big West), CSUN (10-17, 5-8 Big West)
When: Thursday, Feb. 25 (UCR), Saturday, Feb. 27 (CSUN)
Time: Tip-off for both games is set for 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (Honolulu, O’ahu)
Television: Live statewide on OCSports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) and Hawaiian Telcom TV Ch. 1089 (HD) and 89 (SD). Kanoa Leahey (PxP), Tony Sellitto (color) and Artie Wilson (color) will be on the call.
Streaming Video: Live video streaming available at http://www.bigwest.tv
Radio: Live on ESPN 1420 AM with Bobby Curran and Jeff Portnoy. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on http://www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthlectics.com
Series Information: UH leads UC Riverside 7-2 and CSUN 11-4.
Ticket Information: $26 (lower); $18 (upper-adult); $16 (upper-sr. citizen); $5 (upper-youth, ages 4-HS); UH Manoa students receive admission with paid Athletic Fee for the 2016 Spring Semester. Student ID will be scanned upon entry at Gate B.
Promotions: First Hawaiian Bank is the game sponsor on Thursday and will award $150 in cash and $175 in Zippy’s gift cards throughout the game. The University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union is the “Senior Night” game sponsor and will distribute 400 foldable “Go ‘Bows” fans and 3,000 men’s basketball team photos. Fans will have a chance to win an iPad Mini at halftime in the UHFCU “Halfcourt Heave” contest. Register for the chance to compete at the sports marketing table inside Gate A. Also, UHFCU will host the traditional “Senior Night” ceremony following the game. The contest is a “Whiteout,” so be sure to wear your white apparel. UH Kids’ Club members are invited onto the court for pre-game festivities on Saturday. Frito Lay will distribute 6,400 bags of Miss Vickies potato chips as an exit giveaway following Saturday’s Senior Night ceremony. UH season-ticket holders in all UH sports receive 50% off adult tickets to both games.
UHM Student Promotions: Thursday’s student theme is “Retro Aloha Shirt Night”. Saturday’s game is a Senior Night Whiteout and fans are encouraged to wear white.