UH students pumped up as men's, women's teams head to NCAA tournaments

UH students pumped up as men's, women's teams head to NCAA tournaments
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MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hyped. Excited. Pumped.

That's how University of Hawaii at Manoa students describe how they're feeling as the men's and women's basketball teams prepare for their opening games in their respective NCAA basketball tournaments.

It's been a long time since UH has made the tournament.

The men last qualified in 2002; the women, in 1998.

UH Manoa Sophomore Tyler Yamauchi was barely in grade school then.

"There's a lot of school pride to have that bragging right to say, 'Hey we beat a lot of people coming from a small island','" he said.

The men are underdogs against Cal; the two will face off at 8 a.m. Friday.

UH Manoa Junior Dylan Tokita will be tuning in.

"Actually got a bunch of friends together, getting ready to go over to their house, get a bunch of food together, watch the game. It's exciting," he said.

And on the topic of food: "Bacon fried rice, scrambled egg, Portugese sausage, fried potatoes." Those are some of the buffet items that will be available when Hukilau Honolulu's doors open at 7:30 a.m., assistance manager Lana Salcur said.

All six Big City Diner locations will also be showing the games when they open at 7 a.m.

"We're a 'Bows family here, so we'll all be in green, so St Patrick's will carry on one more day," said Lane Muraoka, owner and president of Big City Diner.

And if either the women or men win, you can bet the festivities will continue.

"Everybody is going to be super excited.  Everyone's going to be raging and ready to go," said UH Manoa Senior April UzDevenes.

The men's game will be shown on TBS.  The women tip off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against UCLA. That game will be shown on ESPN2.

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