The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team arrived in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday night as it prepares for its first NCAA Tournament game in 14 years. The Big West Conference champion Rainbow Warriors (27-5), the 13th-seed in the South Region, will face fourth-seeded California in Friday's first round match-up at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Tip-off is 11:00 a.m. PT (8:00 a.m. HT) and the game will be televised nationally on TBS.
UH is entering its third week on the road, having concluded the regular season with a pair of games in Davis and Long Beach followed by the Big West Tournament last week in Anaheim, Calif. The 'Bows are the lone Big West representative and are seeking their first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Hawai'i is 0-4 in the tournament with appearances in 1972, '94, 2001 and '02.
Who: (13) Hawai'i (27-5, 13-3 Big West) vs. (4) California (23-10, 12-6 Pac-12)
What: NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - South Region
Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. PT (8:00 a.m. HT)
Where: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena; Spokane, Wash.
Television: TBS with Spero Dedes (play-by-play); Doug Gottlieb (color analyst); and Ros Gold-Onwude (sideline reporter).
Radio: Live on ESPN 1420 AM with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and Jeff Portnoy (color). Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua'i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on www.espn1420am.com
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Bay Area Connections
UH assistant coach John Montgomery spent six seasons with the California Golden Bears basketball program - 2008-11 as director of operations and 2011-14 as assistant coach. The Bears went to four NCAA Tournaments and two NITs and compiled a 130-73 mark during his tenure. The 2009-10 team won the Pac-12 for the first time since 1960.
Senior guard Roderick Bobbitt was raised in Oakland, Calif., and is a 2011 graduate of Castro Valley High School, where he was a two-time league MVP.
Senior guard Quincy Smith was raised in Antioch, Calif., located in the East Bay and is a 2011 graduate of Deer Valley High School. Smith also attended City College of San Francisco for one season.
Head coach Eran Ganot spent eight total seasons at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in two different stints (2003-06 and 2010-15), most recently as the Gaels' associate head coach. During his most recent stint, SMC compiled a 124-44 record with two NCAA and three NIT appearances.
Life on the Road
UH is the most well-travelled team in Division I basketball logging more than 26,000 air miles on five road trips (includes flight to Spokane, Wash.) and having spent more than a month living in hotel rooms.
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