The Cal Poly men’s basketball team will be traveling to paradise Feb. 20, but it will be no vacation.
The Mustangs have drawn Hawaii in the annual ESPN Bracketbuster game. It is the second time in five years that Cal Poly has drawn a team from the Western Athletic Conference. The game will not be televised.
“We are fortunate to draw such a great destination for a basketball game,” Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero said. “However, we will be challenged to balance the fun and the fatigue of this road trip.”
The Rainbow Warriors (9-13, 2-7 WAC) are tied for last place in the WAC with Boise State. Hawaii and Cal Poly last played Dec. 14, 1996, with the Rainbow Warriors winning 86-84 in Honolulu.
Hawaii is led by 6-foot-7 senior Roderick Flemings, who averages a team-high 15.1 points per game. He is second on the team in rebounding, averaging six per game. The Rainbow Warriors have some size inside, with 6-10 starting center Paul Campbell, 7-foot center Douglas Kurtz and 6-10 forward Ji Xiang.
Pacific is the only Big West team that will have its Bracketbuster game televised. The Tigers will host New Mexico State at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.