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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (22-13)


Thu. 3/5 Sat. 3/7 Thu. 3/12 Fri. 3/13 Sat. 3/14
vs. UC-SB 
L 90-98
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@ CSF 
W 91-70
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@ LgBch 
W 79-72
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@ UCDav 
W 65-58
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@ UC-Irv 
L 58-67
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UC Irvine wins Big West, will make first NCAA appearance

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When coach Russell Turner crossed the continents to recruit English guard Luke Nelson to get him to become an integral part of what he was building at UC Irvine, he said all the right things.

The Anteaters had never advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the first 38 years of the school's basketball program, but Nelson and his teammates made it happen Saturday night with a 67-58 victory over Hawaii in the Big West championship game.

"That was one of the things that really drew me to coming here, the fact that I could be a part of school history and doing something special at Irvine that no other team has done here before," said Nelson, who led the way with 17 points. "I came here with that as my goal. That was something that Coach pushed to me. We came close to it last year, my freshman year."

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Leaders
Points: A. Valdes13.7
Rebounds: A. Valdes5.3
Assists: R. Bobbitt5.3
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: R. Bobbitt73.3%
3P%: N. Webster-Chan41.0%
Steals: R. Bobbitt2.9
Blocks: S. Jankovic1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky38-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin35-3
4 Duke32-4
5 Arizona34-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga35-2
8 Notre Dame32-6
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Kansas27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky38-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin35-3
4 Arizona34-4
5 Duke32-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga35-2
8 Notre Dame32-6
9 UNI31-4
10 Iowa State25-9
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Big West Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
UC Davis 14-2 25-7
UC Irvine 11-5 21-13
UC Santa Barbara 11-5 19-14
Long Beach State 10-6 16-17
Hawaii 8-8 22-13
UC Riverside 7-9 14-17
Cal Poly 6-10 13-16
CSUN 4-12 9-24
Cal State Fullerton 1-15 9-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.9 (47)
Rebounds: 12.0 (75)
Assists: 13.3 (109)
FG%: 43.8% (156)
FT%: 68.6% (201)
3P%: 32.2% (269)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 68.2 (223)
Rebounds: 23.1 (215)
Assists: 12.6 (209)
FG%: 41.3% (93)
FT%: 72.3% (322)
3P%: 34.0% (168)
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