December 26th, 2009
well, i came close with my predictions. I had UNLV beating St.Marys, but i told you that USC could win it all. And i had the Bows winning the first game and losing the next two. The loss to UNLV was embarrassing. The loss to St. Marys was a game that without 16 turnovers might have been a signature win.
UNLV exposed the Bows number 1 weakness. poor ball handling and a real problem handling pressure in the backcourt. The loss to St. Marys exposed problem number 2. A lack of depth, particularly in the back court. Without Flemings, who by the way has had a very average prewac season, it has become evident that Hawaii only has two guards. Thompson gave it his all, despite taking it " on the chin" both nights, and Williams has begun to show the offensive skills we all heard about prior to the season. Unfortunately, the same cant be said for Jeremy Lay who has been a major disappointment. Speaking of disappointments, I haven't seen anything out of Kurtz either. Another guy who had a poor tournament was Mayen. he looked and played scared against UNLV, and didn't really bounce back against St. Marys. Kudos, however, to Petras who played well in two games and Campbell who showed some skill in the game last night.
well, with one game left before the WAC, a game the Bows should win easily, the team will probably be 7-6 before Idaho and Boise come to town. The WAC has had a poor out of conference preseason, and no team looks to be dominant. It will be a one bid league once again and i will preview the WAC in next week's blog. For UH, an 18 win season appears way out of reach. in fact, right now, a 500 hundred record will take some luck. But if the Bows can hold service and win a road game or two, 15 wins is doable. It wont be if they don't sweep the first two WAC games next weekend.
the report card for the first 13 games is simple. Outside of the Charleston win, the Bows didnt beat anybody any decent, and they lost to solid teams except for the road loss at Irvine. But all that really doesnt matter. When you are in the WAC, the only thing that matters is winning the league championship