Hawai’i wins first ever NCAA Tournament game with upset over Cal
For the first time in the program’s history, the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team is advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Rainbow Warriors upset fourth-seeded Cal, 77-66 as senior guard Quincy Smith led the way with a career-high 19 points. Big West Player of the Year Stefan Jankovic (16 pts, 5 reb) and Big West Tournament MVP Aaron Valdes (8 pts, 3 reb) spent much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble, each committing their fourth foul right after halftime. That did not stop Hawai’i from controlling the pace of play and pulling away midway through the second half.
Cal was without their leading scorer, senior guard Tyrone Wallace with a fractured hand, and junior guard Jabari Bird who suffered back spasms in warm-ups. From tip-off it was clear the Golden Bears were out of sync and could not find a rhythm offensively. Potential Top 20 draft pick freshman forward Jaylen Brown scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting, committing seven turnovers before he fouled out in the second half.
Hawai’i is playing with house money, as they were informed in December that they will not be eligible for postseason play next year due of NCAA violations (previous coaching regime). Most of the roster is made up of juniors, so this will be their only taste at the Big Dance in March.
Hawai’i will play the winner of No. 5 Maryland and No. 12 SD State on Sunday.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/hawaii-wins-first-ever-ncaa-tournament-game-with-upset-over-cal/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/image-2.jpg?fit=705%2C640&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/image-2.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NCAABPac-12Recent Postshawai i,Hwai'i Rainbow Warriors,March MadnessFor the first time in the program's history, the University of Hawai'i men's basketball team is advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Rainbow Warriors upset fourth-seeded Cal, 77-66 as senior guard Quincy Smith led the way with a career-high 19 points. Big West Player of the Year...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk