The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors were already expected to be able to pull the upset on the Cal Golden Bears earlier this week, but their chances only got better when Tyrone Wallace re-injured his hand, which caused him to miss the tournament. The Warriors took advantage of that and pulled off the big upset win over the Golden Bears.
Hawaii won the Big West regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time in team history. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 and looked to pull out their first win in team history.
The No. 13 seed were led by Quincy Smith, who had 19 points, and Stefan Jankovic, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds. They dominated from the first whistle and never looked back on their way to a big 77-64 victory.
It is even more appropriate for Hawaii as they will not be eligible for the 2017 postseason amid NCAA sanctions. They will play the winner of the Maryland/South Dakota State game, which takes place later on today, on Sunday.
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