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Not-So-Easy Trivia

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

When we present our trivia quizzes here at ESPNHonolulu.com, most times our questions are either fairly easy or of moderate difficulty. Most times, we target these quizzes toward casual sports fans or novice trivia players.

This is not one of those times.

This time around, we’re taking off the kid gloves to challenge even the most diehard sports trivia aficionados. The theme of this particular quiz is University of Hawaii men’s basketball. If you’re a longtime fan of Rainbow Warrior hoops, you MIGHT get a few of these. But if nothing else, you’ll learn some cool facts about the history of UH basketball. Let’s get to it!

1. Hawaii’s first NCAA Tournament appearance occurred in 1972. Who was UH’s first-round opponent?

2. If the ’Bows got past that opponent, who would they have played in the second round?

3. Who is the most recent UH player to record a triple-double?

4. Whose official head coaching record at UH is 2 wins and 4 losses?

5. Who was the last UH player to be selected in the NBA Draft?

6. Name the local product who wore both #54 and #00 in his UH career.

7. What was unique about Hawaii’s 85-68 victory over South Dakota State on Dec. 9, 1977?

8. Chris Gaines is Hawaii’s all-time leading scorer. Who is second on the career scoring list?

9. Who holds the UH record for best free throw percentage in a single season?

10. Hawaii played the No. 1 team in the country on two occasions: in 1986 and 1994. It was the same school. Name the opponent.


1. UH played Weber State and lost, 91-64.

2. Hawaii would have played Bill Walton and the UCLA Bruins.

3. Aaron Valdes did it in January 2016 (16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists).

4. Rick Pitino.

5. Reggie Cross (1989, second round, by the Philadelphia 76ers).

6. Brad Pineau (he signed with UH out of Saint Louis School)

7. It was Hawaii’s only win that entire season (they finished 1-26).

8. John Penebacker.

9. Brocke Stepteau (.889).

10. The North Carolina Tar Heels.

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