As the 2009-10 season men’s basketball season approaches, BYUCougars.com continues to preview each of the Cougars’ opponents. Today’s preview is on Hawaii.
In a game featuring two previously familiar foes, BYU will face Hawaii in its first road game of the season on Nov. 20. The Cougars will face the Rainbow Warriors for the first time since BYU left the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West Conference in 1999. BYU defeated Hawaii at home, 81-68, in the last meeting between the two teams.
Both teams return four starters as the Cougars and Rainbow Warriors rekindle an old rivalry. It will be the first road trip of the year for BYU, while Hawaii will have just finished hosting a three-game home tournament. BYU will have to watch out for an experienced opponent comfortable on its home floor if it hopes to get out of Honolulu with a win.
Bob Nash begins his third season at the helm for Hawaii. Nash and the Rainbow Warriors finished with a 13-17 record in a rebuilding year that did not include a senior on the roster for the first time in school history.
Nash and Hawaii are looking to gain their first postseason invite since the 2004 NIT. Four of five starters return from last year; they will be joined by five transfers. The Rainbow Warriors represent six different countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Lithuania, Montenegro and the United States.
Player to Watch
Roderick Flemings, G/F, Sr., 6-7, 210
Flemings earned all-WAC second team, all-WAC newcomer and NABC District 6 second team honors last season, leading Hawaii in points per game (16.6), steals (35), three-point percentage (.310) offensive rebounds (79) and minutes played per game (36.0).
Other Key Players
Bill Amis, F
Adhar Mayen, F
Paul Campbell, C
The Cougars’ last trip to the Aloha State in 2004 sent BYU home with losses to North Carolina and Stanford along with a win against host Chaminade. A win to go with their tan would be a sweet twofer for this year's Cougars.
Rainbow Warriors at a Glance
|Head Coach ||Bob Nash |
|At Hawaii ||3rd year / 24-36 |
|2008-09 Record ||13-17 overall, 5-11 WAC |
|Home/Road/Neutral ||11-9, 2-7, 0-1 |
|Starters Ret/Lost ||4/1 |
|Lettermen Ret/Lost ||10/4 |
2008-09 Team Stats
|Points/Game ||64.0 |
|Points Allowed/Game ||65.2 |
|Field Goal % ||.424 |
|Opponent FG % ||.431 |
|Rebounds/Game ||34.7 |
|Assists/Game ||12.9 |
|Steals/Game ||5.7 |
|Blocks/Game ||3.8 |
Returning Stat Leaders
|Points/Game ||Roderick Flemings, 16.6 |
|Rebounds/Game ||Bill Amis, 6.5 |
|Assists/Game ||Hiram Thompson, 2.4 |
|Steals ||Roderick Flemings, 35 |
|Blocks ||Bill Amis, 41 |
|Three-pointers ||Roderick Flemings, 22 |