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Cal basketball NCAA Tournament opponent briefing: Meet the Hawaii Warriors

For those who want some time to know Cal's opponent, we've got you covered.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Scott is going to have a much better preview on Hawaii later this week, but for those who want a quick primer on Hawaii, here's what Cal can expect from the Rainbow Warriors on Friday morning, in 250 to 300 words.

How did Hawaii do this year? The Warriors went 27-5, rolling through the Big West and finishing in a tie for first at 13-3. They clinched their trip to the Dance with a narrow 64-60 win over Long Beach State.

Hawaii's resume: No real signature wins other than sweeping fellow Big West champs UC Irvine and romping Northern Iowa. The biggest thing for the Warriors might be their gutty, gritty effort against now two seeded Oklahoma, losing 84-81 in the Diamond Head Classic. Hawaii also lost to another NCAA tournament qualifier Texas Tech 82-74.

Hawaii player to watch: Stefan Jankovic, 6-11 transfer from Missouri who can score, shoot and rebound. A very tough matchup for Cal's bigs await.

Hawaii's strengths: Much like Cal, one of the best shooting defenses in the country. They also get to the free throw line a lot, a cause for concern for a Cal team that gets in trouble if they pick up too many fouls. Caveat: They are a poor free throw shooting team (68%).

Hawaii's weaknesses: They take a lot of threes. They also miss a lot of threes. They do have a few good three point shooters on this team, but most of them are chuckers. And they also allow commit a lot of fouls themselves.

Hi Monty Jr! Former Cal assistant John Montgomery is on the staff of Hawaii. He might have some insight into trying to slow down Tyrone Wallace and some of the juniors on this team. Or he might not.

Hawaii fun fact: Hawaii is a group of islands.

Hawaii not so fun fact: Hawaii has not won an NCAA Tournament game. Ever. This is their first appearance since 2002.

Hawaii quirks: Their bench has gone mini-Monmouth with some pretty cool celebrations.

What are your first thoughts about Hawaii?