North Dakota at Hawai’i, 10:00 PM Eastern, Spectrum Sports-Hawai’i/bigwest.tv
The Under the Radar Game of the Day heads to Honolulu tonight for the nightcap on Day Two of the annual Rainbow Classic. On Friday evening, the Rainbow Warriors knocked off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 82-70 while North Dakota defeated Troy 83-80. The two teams meet tonight with the winner having the edge for the Classic’s championship heading into the third and final day of the round-robin event tomorrow.
Friday night’s win saw three Hawai’i players leading the way, as Mike Thomas and Gibson Johnson each scored 19 points while teammate Jack Purchase scored 18. Johnson also pulled down 9 rebounds while Purchase dished out 8 assists. If the Bows’ three-headed monster continues to dominate games this way all season, they will be very difficult to defeat, and will prove that picking them to win the Big West was not a mistake by any means.
Tonight’s opponent for Hawai’i is the Big Sky’s North Dakota Fighting Hawks. While Hawai’i may have a three-pronged attack, UND is all about how many points Geno Crandall will score. Against Troy on Friday night, the answer was an impressive 41 to go with 6 boards and 5 assists. If Crandall can put up numbers close to those again, he has a great chance to lead his team to the road victory.