We're a handful of games into the 2012-13 men's basketball season now, so it's a good time to take stock of where nonconference teams on Hawaii's schedule stack up. Part II, Big West teams, will come later this week.
RPI ratings are from RealtimeRPI.com, out of 347 teams, after games played on Monday, Nov. 26. Hawaii stands at 221 with its 4-1 record. You'll see why the RPI is comparatively low when you see those of the opponents faced so far, with the exception of unbeaten Illinois, which is now ranked No. 22 in this week's AP Top 25 poll.
In order of appearance on the schedule:
Nov. 9: Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks — Record: 0-6. Conference: MEAC. RPI: 334. Result: Hawaii 76, UMES 64
Nov. 11: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions — Record: 1-4. Conference: SWAC. RPI: 305. Result: Hawaii 81, UAPB 54
Nov. 12: Houston Baptist Huskies — Record: 3-3. Conference: Great West. RPI: 266. Result: Hawaii 73, HBU 60
Nov. 16: Illinois Fighting Illini — Record: 7-0. Conference: Big Ten. RPI: 8. Result: Illinois 78, Hawaii 77, OT
Nov. 20: North Dakota (insert nickname here) — Record: 1-3. Conference: Big Sky. RPI: 301. Result: Hawaii 71, UND 66
Dec. 1: UNLV Runnin' Rebels — Record: 3-1. Conference: Mountain West. RPI: 30
Dec. 8: Pepperdine Waves — Record: 3-2. Conference: West Coast. RPI: 36
Dec. 15: Chaminade Silverswords — Record: 3-3. Conference: Pacific West. RPI: N/A
Diamond Head Classic Teams (Dec. 22, 23, 25)
Arizona Wildcats — Record: 3-0. Conference: Pac-12. RPI: 132.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers — Record: 1-3. Conference: Atlantic Sun. RPI: 257
Indiana State Sycamores — Record: 4-1. Conference: Missouri Valley. RPI: 99
Miami Hurricanes — Record: 3-1. Conference: Atlantic Coast. RPI: 55
Ole Miss Rebels — Record: 5-0. Conference: Southeastern. RPI: 68
San Diego State Aztecs — Record: 4-1. Conference: Mountain West. RPI: 115
San Francisco Dons — Record: 3-1. Conference: West Coast. RPI: 63
Feb.23: BracketBusters opponent TBA.
Point guard Jace Tavita and wing Brandon Jawato were both ill and out of practice on Monday. The team will go three more days of practice in their home gyms before flying out for Las Vegas for Saturday's game at No. 24 UNLV.
It made for a pretty uneven practice. The captain Tavita really helps to set the tone at the point position. The coaching staff will want him back out there before long. We'll see if he returns Tuesday.