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After Three games

January 20th, 2014

well i am back from my trip to North Carolina where I got to see Duke play and beat Georgia Tech and Carolina lose to Miami. Duke lacks a solid inside game and will strugggle against big teams while Carolina lacks good perimiter shooters. Put these two teams together and you have a top ten team.

Meanwhile, the Rainbow Warriors are off to a 1-2 start, losing both games on the road and winning one at home. The two road loses were disappointing, but the lose at Cal Poly was no surprise , while the loss at Northridge could easily have been a w but for questionable calls and some poor decision making in the final minute.

The win saturday night against Riverside doesnt really tell us much. Riverside is awful. Yes i know they came from way back to beat Davis at Davis ( our next opponent), but frankly, these are the worst two teams in the league. But  a positive sign was the way UH came out ready to shake off the road loses in pounding Riverside from the first minute and never really letting up.

But to compete for the Conference crown, you have to win at least half of your road games, and not lose more than a game or two at home. The team now goes out on the road to Davis and then Irvine. A loss at Davis would be hard to explain while a win at Irvine would be huge. Irvine is one of the top three teams in the Conference. They have 3  7 footers and at the moment is undefeated in Conference play.

Stardhardinger and Fotu, along with Nevels, have played consistently well in Conference play so far. Spearman has been up and down, while Shamburger has really struggled from the field ( although he showed signs of coming out of it Saturday night).

After this two game road trip, the team is home for four consecutive games against some of the better teams in the league. My guess they will come home from this trip 2-3, and they will need to win at least 3 of the four home games to have a shot at competing for the league lead.

Now that we are deep into Conference play, the blog will come out several times each week. Would love your take on the team so far. As i said previously, the non-Conference record was just about what i had thought. But until this team shows me it can win on the road, I am not yet ready to predict post-season ( at least in a real tournament).

The usual disclaimer.  I am a member of the UH Board of Regents, but the views here are my personal views only


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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4 Responses to “After Three games”

  1. warriorsanddolphins:

    On the two road losses, i noticed that teams were attacking the paint and scoring at will. We need to put a big man either Rozitis or Jovanivich to keep teams honest.

  2. primo123:

    Thanks for continuing to post.

    Those 7 footers will pose a problem for Standardinger as he tends to get blocked while driving on the inside. Hope those tall guys are slow.

    Not sure why Gib decided to keep the press on throughout the game against Riverside. It led to some easy baskets for them. Dropping back, instead of pressing, would have made Riverside run some clock before taking a shot.

  3. Manoa Mist:

    Glad you are on the BOR Mr. Portnoy. Question for you. Is it true that Gib turned down an offer from UH and is holding out for more money? What are your thoughts on resigning Mr. Arnold? He's okay, but to me you have to qualify for the Big Dance or the NIT before I call you good.

  4. Jeff:

    Manoa, cant really comment on Gib"s contract. sure you understand. I will say that i think this is an important year for Gib. The team needs to be competitive in the Big West. By that, i think it needs to finish in the top three. We'll see. As far as the problems defending in the paint, it will happen when a team is able to break the press, but i do think the second and third line of defense needs tightening up. And I agree Standhardinger sometimes struggles against agile big men.

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