By Jeff Portnoy
Saturday night's game against Div 2 Chaminade presents UH with the classic " no-win" proposition. Beat your little brother and folks say no big deal. Lose, and the howls of unhappiness will ring from the rafters.
Credit Coach Gib for scheduling a regular season game against one of Hawaii's Pac West Schools. Credit Coach Gib for playing the game on a neighbor island. But the game does little for UH's already poor RPI ( 254), or its game readiness against Div 1 opponents.
Having said that, Chaminade will be no push over. They already own a win against a better Div 1 opponent than UH has beaten having defeated Texas on Maui in a game that was no fluke. Yes, the Silverswords lost badly the next two days, but they showed that they can stay with a more talented team if that team doesnt show up ready to play. Chaminade is struggling right now, having lost 4 straight and comes into the game with an under 500 record. But they have a bigtime player in De'Andre Haskins, a transfer from Valpo, who is averaging 21 ppg ( he has missed the last two games because of injury so not sure what his status is for Saturday).
No question Hawaii has the better overall talent and size, but Chaminade can hit the three and make this game competive if the Bows dont find their shooting stroke and come into the game overconfident ( You wouldnt expect that coming off of Saturday's poor effort). The game will not be on TV, so listen to Bobby and me on our broadcast on ESPN at 7:30.
This is the last game before the level of competition takes a leap forward in the Diamond Head Classic. Hawaii's next foe is Miami ( Fla). I will blog more about the tournament next week , but make plans to attend what will be a very good field. Onto the friendly island.