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Rainbow Warriors in CIT. Yay or nay?

March 17th, 2013

My first impulse was that I didn't want to see the University of Hawaii men's basketball team play again this season after the way it didn't show up for its Big West tournament game against UC Irvine.

But after some more thought, I'm OK that the Rainbow Warriors are in the College Insiders.com Tournament, under one condition: financially strapped UH makes a profit by doing so. That means a big crowd when it hosts Air Force on Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

In 2011, UH hosted two CIT games, drew 10,265 fans and cleared $72,000 after expenses.

I have to believe new athletic director Ben Jay crunched the numbers and fully expects to make a profit this time around, too.

This season's team has lost its last three games and five of its last seven. The 2010-11 team won five of its last seven before beating Portland and losing to San Francisco in the CIT.

Hawaii is 17-14 this year and finished 19-13 in 2011.

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