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One Down- But Tough One to Go

January 24th, 2014

The Road Trip started as expected. An easy win over Davis. Lets face it. Davis is a bad team. It lost at home to Riverside, another bad team. But UH put togther a strong team effort with all five straters in double fiqures. Shamburger found his stroke , as did Spearman, and the trio of Nevels, Fotu, and Stardhardinger all performed well. Cant say much for the bench. They hardly played.

Its get much tougher tomorrow. The game against Irvine will really tell us exactly where this Rainbow Warrior team stands in Conference. Irvine is not an NCAA tournamnet team, but it is tall, athletic, and at home. It is one of the top three teams in the Conference, at least so far. A road win  by UH would go along way to justify the increasing optimism about how far this year's team can go. A loss, at least one that is competitive, will tell us that this team has a ways to go to be in the elite in the Conference.

With four consecutive home games against quality Conference teams coming up, a win tomorrow would give UH a real chance to be at or near the top of the Conference at the turn.  A loss  would not end the season, but would put the team under 500 after 5 games.

I think UH will give Irvine a game. I dont predict a win however. Irvine is undefeated this month. Its " homecoming", and the 7'6' Mamadou Ndiaye stands tall in the middle.  Last night aqgainst Northridge, he had 10 points and 10 rebounds.One key to the game will be can UH continue its hot shooting. Irvine is 12-0 when it holds opponents to under 40% field goal percentage. Another key is the physicial condition of Irvine foward Will Davis. He hardly played last night and if he out, big advantage to UH.

Should be a good game. And it should tell us a lot more about how good this UH team will be entering February.


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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6 Responses to “One Down- But Tough One to Go”

  1. Jeff:

    opps. forgot the disclaimer. These are my personal views and do not reflect my views as a UH Regent or the views of the Board

  2. Warrior Dave:

    Log to read your comments Jeff. You are so unbiased and not afraid to be blunt when necessary.

    Great win On Thursday night. I have to agree with Gib that it was a pretty complete game by the boys. looking forward to Saturdays game against the tri-towers!

  3. Warrior Dave:

    SB love and not log 🙂

  4. K-Bay:

    Really Good Road Win...

    ONLY One Game where UH is a Real Underdog Remaining
    ALL Games Winnable, Depending On How Consistent Hawai'i's Defense,
    Focus and Execution Can Show Up...

  5. Hank:

    I think last nights win at the least means that we have as good a chance as anyone to take the Big West Tournament and dance. Really proud of the Coaches and Players who didn't stop fighting and EXECUTED adjustments during the game to pull out a win in a hostile gym. We are improving. A better team today than a month ago...no doubt.

  6. Jman:

    Well Portnoy. We Won!' Go Warriors

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