Rainbows request “black out”

By Mike Cherry bio | email

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior basketball team takes aim at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic title when its hosts Central Michigan in a nationally televised affair, Monday Nov. 15 at 11:00 p.m. It will be a "Blackout" as all fans are encouraged to wear black during the ESPN broadcast game.

UH is off to a strong 2-0 start under new head coach Gib Arnold after a pair of wins over Montana State (77-59) and Cal State Fullerton (84-70). Now UH faces Central Michigan with a chance to win the Rainbow Classic for the 12th time in school history and the first time since it moved to a four-team, round-robin format.

The game—with a late-night tip—is part of the ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon, which features 24 straight hours of games. This will be the third straight season UH has participated in the event, having gone 1-1 the last two years.

The Rainbow Warriors have been led by its senior captains of Hiram Thompson (19.5 ppg, 5.5 apg) and Bill Amis (15.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg), while true freshman Bo Barnes has burst onto the scene with a pair of 19 point games off the bench. The Chippewas, out of the Mid-American Conference, enter the contest with a 1-1 mark after splitting its first two games against Cal State Fullerton (W, 70-67) and Montana State (L, 58-65).

Game 3 Tip-off Notes

What: Hawai'i (2-0, 0-0 WAC) vs. Central Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC)

When: Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Time: 11:00 p.m. HT

Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI

Television: ESPN. Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (color) will call the game.

Streaming Video: Live video streaming is available on espn3.com.

Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play). Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona.

Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com

Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com

Ticket Information: $10 (general admission); UH Manoa students free with ID. Parking $5.

Promotions: The first 800 fans will receive UH fan flags. Outrigger Hotels will host the "Shoot for Loot Contest" at halftime. During Monday's ESPN televised game, the fan with the best sign using the ESPN acronym will win an inter-island airline ticket while UH students can win a hotel stay during the "Outrigger Hotels Half-Court Heave." It's a "Blackout" on Monday and fans are encouraged to wear black shirts. The first 100 UH students to enter the arena on Monday will receive a free men's basketball T-shirt (black). All seats are general admission that night and UH Manoa students are free all season with a validated ID.

Coaches: Gib Arnold is in his first year at UH (2-0). Ernie Zeigler is in his fifth season at Central Michigan (55-70).

Series Information: First meeting.