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it could be ugly

January 11th, 2010

as i wrote here last week, hawai's inability to play two halves, and the ongoing turnovers, led to an ugly defeat at Fresno Saturday night. Hawaii was never really in the game after the first ten minutes. Flemings once again played only one half, Petras had 6 turnovers and no assists,and Mayen, despite playing 28 minutes, had no points and no rebounds. Hawaii got down by 18 by halftime, and that was it. And remember, this was at Fresno, a team picked to share the bottom of the standings with UH.

Now it doesn't get any easier as Hawaii travels to Logan tonight to take on a Utah State team that got blown out in its first two WAC games. This is a team picked to finish first in the Conference, and it will look to take its frustrations out on Hawaii. Teams have figured out that this is a Hawaii team with real shooting and ball handling woes, and Fresno played a 2-3 zone for much of the game. Even in the zone, Fresno scored 32 points off of turnovers.

In the rest of the WAC, La Tech is for real. They went to Idaho on Saturday and won. If they get by Boise tonight, and I think they will, as Boise lost at home to New Mexico State, they are going to be tough to catch. Nevada also looked good in crushing San Jose State. Its beginning to look more and more likely that Hawaii will fight Boise and San Jose for the final playoff spot.

Nationally, the undefeated are down to two as both Kansas and Purdue lost, leaving Kentucky, who could lose tonight at Florida and Texas. The Kansas loss at Tennessee was a real stunner as Tennessee played with only 6 scholarship players as a result of suspensions arising from an alleged criminal activity by several tennessee players

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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