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On Their Way

February 25th, 2011

With last night's convincing win over La Tech, the Bows have clinched a spot in the WAC Tournament, something they failed to do for the past two years. They also won their 16th game, and guaranteed themselves a winning record, something they hadn't done in the past three years.

Its hard to predict exactly where Hawaii will be seeded in the Tournament, but with Boise and Idaho's road wins last night, my best guess is 5th, which an outside chance at 4th and the bye that come with it. It will take three wins by Hawaii in its last three games ( not an easy task), and some tie-breaker mathematics, but its possible. My best guess first game opponent, if no bye,  is Fresno, who Hawaii will play in its last regular season game.

With 16 wins already in the books, Hawaii is posed for 18 or even 19 wins. What a turn-around. And if they get to 18, I believe they will have a chance for post- season play. If they can get a first round bye in the Tournament, based on how they are playing, I think they can get to the Championship game, and then who knows. Right now, I think Utah State or Idaho is the likely Tournament champ, but Hawaii is playing as well as anyone in the league.

Dont miss Senior night tomorrow> First, it is a huge game with New Mexico State in town. And its time to say goodbye to Douglas Kurtz, Bill Amis, and Hiram. Three finer student-athletes would be hard to find. They played thru much adversity, on losing teams, a coaching change, and injuries, but they never quit on the program. They are truly warriors.

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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2 Responses to “On Their Way”

  1. lava:

    Did Bill and Hiram play through just one coaching change, or was it two? Just trying to keep you honest, even though you are one of the good guys.


  2. seasider:

    Hiram played his freshman year for Riley, then to Iowa for his 2-year LDS mission. Returned for his sophomore and junior years for Bob Nash.

    Bill Amis played his sophomore and junior years under Bob Nash.


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