The Hawai’i men’s basketball program will wear 1973-74 throwback uniforms during Thursday’s game against UC Santa Barbara, which tips off at 7 p.m. HT on Spectrum Sports.
Led by All-American and eventual first-round NBA Draft pick Tom Henderson, who averaged 20.3 points and 6.8 assists per game, the Rainbows won their first 11 games that season, which remains the best start and longest winning streak in program history.
That includes a victory over Purdue in the Rainbow Classic, which helped Hawai’i reach the AP Poll for just the second season (12th overall appearance). The Rainbows won just eight of their final 17 games, though, including a loss to the Boilermakers in the second round of the NIT.
The uniforms are reminiscent of the throwback design the football program unveiled for its loss at Ohio State in 2015, with rainbow stripes down the side of the white jerseys and shorts. There’s also green trim, which matches the numbers and wordmark on the chest.
Hawai’i previously wore throwback uniforms that were inspired by the the teams of the 1990s during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. That design featured a darker shade of green, rainbow trim and the vintage Flying Rainbow logo on the shorts.
Photos courtesy of @HawaiiMBB on Twitter.