By Jeff Portnoy
For the first time in several seasons, UH has won three consecutive road games. After getting its butt kicked at Cal Poly, The Bows have come back to defeat Santa Barbara, Riverside and Fullerton. The wins at Santa Barbara and Riverside were not unexpected, but the comeback win at Fullerton was impressive.
Standhardinger continues to play very well ( the Big West player of the Week), and Tavita has secured the point guard position with solid play after weeks of experimenting with poorer alternatives. He still doesnt provide much offense, but his assists to turn over ratio continues to improve. My comments about Vander generated some responses, and yes he had two solid halves last week, but i expect more from him ( like two consecutive good halves, especially against these smaller teams).
One thing is becomming fairly evident. If UH's opponents make threes, UH probably losses. If they shoot 25 percent, UH wins.
Long Beach comes in here Thurs with a deceiving 9-1 record. Several of the wins have been by a bucket or two, including some at home, and Riverside took them into overtime. UH only lost by 4 there, and this game will go along way in seeing whether UH can challenge for the regular league championship. UH sits in third, and has 4 home games left with only three on the road ( all tough now that Northridge is turning things around). But i like the Bows chances this weekend. They have shown a resiliency and toughness all season, and the two road wins last week, coming back from double digit second half deficits, suggests that it has worked out the problems that plauged it in early to mid january, and has positioned the BOWS to make a run in finishing in the top 3 going into the Tournament. Should be a good crowd Thursday in a game with major implications.