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Two Tough Losses

January 15th, 2013

The Bows limped home after two very difficult losses at irvine and Long Beach. Both games were winnable, with Hawaii having a chance to win in the final minute, but once again, turnovers, and at Long Beach, poor free throw shooting, were the difference. But losing two games on the road by a single posession ( i dont count the two technical free throws with a second left at Long Beach) has got its silver lining since it shows that in this league, the Bows can compete on the road.

Of course, some would say 2 of the three home wins were by a single posession. Its my view that there is no dominant team in the Big West this year, and the teams who will be at the top at the end need to hold serve at home and win half their road games. I dont see any team beating UH at home, except for maybe Pacific and Long Beach. The road is another story, but I think Hawaii will be in every game.

Hawaii left for the trip tied for first with Cal Poly. It comes home tied with two other teams for 4th. One of those is the other early leader, Cal Poly. Long Beach sits in first, followed by Fullerton and Thursday's opponent, Pacific. Pacific is 3-1 in the league, Davis, ,Saturday's opponent, is 1-3 . Neither team has played particularly well on the road, although Pacific has a league road win.

Neither Pacific nor Davis were picked to finish in the top half of the league. Pacific was picked 6th, although it did get a first place vote and some think it will be the sleeper team this year, and Davis was picked 9th. As i said earilier, I think Pacific can give Hawaii a game, but i think the Davis game wont be close. Pacific's only loss in the league was at Long Beach and they come off two easy wins at home against UCSB and Cal Poly. They lead the league in scoring defense so dont expect a run and gun game. They shoot the ball well ( 48%), can hit threes ( 39%), but they are being badly outrebounded ( what a surprise). But the Bows continue to show that they are in most games, play hard until the end, can make up ( and lose) double digit leads, and i like their chances of getting two wins this Weekend. They will need to as there next four games are on the road as they dont play again at home until they face Long Beach on Feb 7. Three of those road games are aginst solid Big West teams, including Fullerton, who Hawaii beat here by 2 at the buzzer, Santa Barbara, who play much better at home, and Cal Poly.

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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5 Responses to “Two Tough Losses”

  1. rainbowbballer:

    I believe that the 'Bows' qualify for the NCAA 64 tournament this season. Hawaii can win against any of the Big West Teams. (work on the passing, is the team doing this??) Does the regular season champs qualify for the NCAA or is it the Winner of the conference tournament. If the coach is on Hoopstalk tonite, please ask him if the team, realizes their opportunity this season, there will not be a Vander next season. GO BOWs!!

  2. jeffp:

    only the tournament winner

  3. K-Bay:

    Soooooo.... NO San Diego State in The Big West Next Year?

    Time to Apply for Another Partial Mountain West "Slave" Membership?

    Go 'Bows!
    WIN ALL @ Home (Emulate LBSU!)
    and More Than 50-50 Hereon out!

  4. Curtis:

    Doctor Portnoy, Last night, it was great to have met you. Another home win but all those turnovers. And your necktie...suave. Aloha, Curtis.

  5. Curtis:

    UC Davis' Hawkins has the DNA. 40 points smooth. You suggested that Hawaii should go to a zone, not if they are bombing ...the solution is to go MAN. The season now begins....like they say in the NBA playoffs, a series begins when you lose on your home court. Aloha, C.

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