By Jeff Portnoy
Hard to believe we are coming up to another season of UH basketball. Practice has begun and hopes are high. Over the past few months, many have asked me how good will the team be.
I am not prepared to answer that based upon media hype, summer league results, or high school records. I have learned that one needs to see 4-5 games to really make an accurate guess as to the team's chances.
I will say the pre-season magazines I have seen put UH in the middle of the Big West. Somewhere between 4 and 6th. I think, with the addition of several guards, a weak position last year, and a few more shooters, that if UH can escape an injury to Standhardinger or Fotu, the team has a good chance to finish in the top half of the league. Add to that, a favorable schedule. But that's as far as I am willing to go right now.
As i mentioned, the team should be siginificantly stronger in the backcourt and solid in the frontcourt, but a lack of depth inside could prove an issue. Dont be surprised to see the team " go small", especially in the guard dominated Big West.
The radio show will start next weds at 7 pm on ESPN 1420. The first week's guest will be Pittburgh Coach jamie Dixon.
As those of you know who have followed this blog over the years, i am not afarid to give my opinion and not afraid of hearing from you who disagree. This blog will never be a " everything is great" column, unless everything is great. We will analyze the program as it moves along, pointing out the good things, and if necessary, the not so good. But like most of you, I support the program and want it to succeed. No one opinion is any better than any other, assuming it is based upon facts, and i look forward to hearing from each of you in support or in opposition to my thoughts and opinions. Go Bows ( sorry, Rainbow Warriors).