February 28th, 2011
Saturday night's WAC games once again demonstrated a couple of things I have been writing about the WAC this season. The first is just how weak a conference the WAC is this year. I cant remember a year when the Conference, other than Utah State , has been as poor as this year. Teams like New Mexico State, Fresno, and Nevada have fallen off the basketball map.
Secondly, teams that are well coached, disciplined, and maybe not as talented, are beating teams with more talent, but lack teamwork and heart. How many times on Saturday night did a New Mexico State player forget there were four other team-mates on the floor, while the Bows continued to demonstrate that five will almost always beat one or two.
Some predictions on where teams will wind up. I know some Hawaii media types continue to believe Hawaii has a real chance to finish fourth and get a first round bye. Folks, it will take a perfect storm for that to happen. Utah State will finish first and Boise second. Boise is 9-6 and has only San Jose at home. Idaho will finish third in my view. The Vandals are 8-7 and have Fresno at home. New Mexico State will finish fourth. The Aggies are 8-6, and have Utah State and Nevada at home. They will win at least one of those games. Hawaii is currently tied with Nevada at 7-7. Nevada has to go to La Tech and New Mexico State and could lose both. Hawaii will play at San Jose and Fresno. I predict a win at Fresno and a loss at San Jose. However, if Hawaii were to win both games, and New Mexico were to lose two ( they have not lost at home in the WAC all year), the Bows could sneak into fourth. But if Hawaii were to lose both games, and San Jose won both, they would be tied. And on and on. My prediction, which I made two weeks ago, Hawaii finishes fifth and plays Fresno in Round one.
Hoopstalk will be on tomorrow ( tuesday) at 6. We are moved again because of circumstances beyond our control. And it has been confirmed that I will covering the Final Four for the Star-Advertiser in Houston with daily reports and blogs.