With an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament now considered an uphill battle for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team, the Rainbow Warriors must rest their hats on winning the Big West conference tournament to secure a 'March Madness' appearance.
As the top-seed in the men's bracket, they'll get their first opportunity to advance on Thursday, when the Honda Center in Anaheim, California will four games on opening day of conference tournament play.
Hawaii will play #8 Cal State Fullerton at approximately 12:30 p.m. Hawaii time, with the game being shown on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Should they advance, they'll play games on Friday depending on which other teams win during the opening round; the second round in the Big West tournament is predicated entirely upon which seeding of remaining teams.
The conference championship game, should the Rainbow Warriors advance to it, will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and be shown live on ESPN2.
In the women's bracket, the Rainbow Wahine basketball team secured a first round bye with their win over Cal Poly on Saturday night. Hawaii won't play until Friday, when the Wahine, the tournament's second-ranked team, will host the highest remaining seed after the tournament's opening four games.
U.C. Riverside, which swept the season series against Hawaii to earn the tournament's top seed, will play the lowest remaining seed. Riverside won both games against the Wahine this season by a combined seven points.
A rematch between the schools, should it play out in that fashion, would occur on Saturday, in the conference championship game, to be played just before the mens game.