November 30th, 2012
On the eve of UH's game at UNLV, comes word of the arrest of former Rainbow pointguard, Shag Stokes, on 5 counts of Burglary in the Second Degree. Stokes, who transferred last semester to Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, ( 10 minutes from my old hometown) has been suspended from the team along with three other team-mates also charged in the breakins.
Police alledge that Stokes and the others have committed a minimum of 6 dorm robberies in which laptops, cellphones, and cash were taken. They suspect many other robberies will be reported.
Stokes started several games for Hofstra this year after receiving a hardship exemption permitting him to avoid having to sit out one year .
What can you say except perhaps it was best he left before getting into serious trouble at UH. Obviously, he is not guily until he either pleads or some court determins his guilt, but what a sad situation.
Tomorrow, UH goes for only its second win ever, on the road, against an AP ranked team. The only other time UH won such a game was in the 2004 NIT against Utah State. Its road record against ranked teams is 1-30. As an aside UH's overall record against AP ranked teams. all time, is 18-99. Hopefully number 100 will not come against a very good UNLV team. On our show Weds night, Riley Wallace, who was here to watch UH play Illinois, and lives in Las Vegas and has watched several UNLV games, predicted UNLV by 15 because of their talent in the back court, and Bennett and Mosher upfront( even though Riley stated he would be rooting for the Bows).
My prediction is UNLV by 8. I think we will give them a game, but UNLV, at home, with their talent, will be hard to beat unless UH plays a perfect game ( few turnovers, match UNLV on the boards, and make 75% freethrows).