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after two games

January 7th, 2010

Last week, I made some predictions about how i thought the WAC would end up. After two games, some rethinking may be necessary. First, La Tech's two home wins over Nevada and Utah State could mean they are for real. After they play on the road this weekend, we will know how for real they are. On the other hand, Utah State got drilled both in Ruston and at New Mexico State, and those losses portend bad things for the Aggies who will look to get well on Monday against UH. I still think Nevada is going to be right up there, with Idaho in the top half of the league. Boise, Fesno, New Mexico St, San Jose, and yes, our beloved Rainbows will make up the bottom half.

Hawaii"s win against Boise was a big one, and proves what i have been saying all season. When four starters score in double figures, you out rebound your opponent, and continue to go to the line 25 plus times a game, you probably will win. Unfortunately, the poor outside shooting percentages and turnovers continue to haunt the team, as does an obvious lack of depth. When you are on the road, as UH will be Saturday at Fresno ,  and Monday, at Utah State, shooting percentages drop, and fouls often get called the other way.

Most of the coaches and the media predicted Fresno and Hawaii would bring up the rear of the conference. Fesno and Hawaii both beat Boise at home, so Saturday night's game looms large. Hawaii plays well at Fresno so it has a real change to win and gain a big advantage over Fresno for the right to avoid missing the WAC playoffs. Don't count on a win Monday night however.

Nationally, how about Cornell almost upsetting number one Kansas. Cornell lead the Jayhawks in Lawrence in the final minute before losing. It would have been the first time in history that an Ivy League team beat a number one ranked opponent. Purdue, Kentucky, and Texas re3main undefeated at the top of the polls. And a personal shout-out to Bobby Cremins and his College of Charleston Cougars, who I hosted in the Diamond Classic, who scored a major upset with its win over the Tarheels this week.

let me know your thoughts on the Rainbows and the National scene. Its great to get feedback from all of you.

Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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