Four men's basketball teams will be in action on Thanksgiving day as tournaments take center stage this week.
Big West Enters Tournament Week
The Big West continues the early non-conference portion of the schedule with a bevy of Thanksgiving tournaments this week.
Cal Poly is competing in the 40th annual and final GCI Great Alaska Shootout and opens with College of Charleston on Thanksgiving Day.
Cal State Fullerton hosts all 12 games of the Wooden Legacy at Titan Gym. The Titans open with SEC foe Georgia on Turkey Day.
Long Beach State will play first and eat later as the Beach begins Thanksgiving festivities with an 8:30 a.m. (PT) wake up call against Missouri in the Advocare Invitational.
UC Irvine takes part in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational against Rider on Thursday.
Also in action this week is CSUN at the Cancun Challenge and UC Santa Barbara in the Progressive Legends Classic. UC Davis plays its annual rivalry game against Sacramento State in the state-of-the-art Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Home Sweet Home
Big West teams are an impressive 9-1 at home so far. Unfortunately, 16 out of the 21 games on this week’s schedule are slated for neutral or road courts. Cal State Fullerton plays three games at home, Hawai‘i hosts Nevada and UC Santa Barbara welcomes Prairie View A&M.
Hawai‘i Seeks 4-0 Start
The only remaining unbeaten Big West squad is Hawai‘i. The Rainbow Warriors are 3-0, and see their first action in 11 days when they host Nevada on Friday. UH is aiming to start out 4-0 for the second time in three seasons under head coach Eran Ganot.
Moneke Earns Preseason Honors
UC Davis forward Chima Moneke is on the national radar for recognition as he enters his senior season. Moneke was recently named to the CollegeInsider.com preseason Watch List for both the Lute Olson Award and Lou Henson Award. The Lute Olson Award recognizes the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons. Moneke is featured on a list of 40 players from conferences including the Power 5. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player.