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On the Road Again

February 12th, 2014

Hawaii hits the road this week for two games against two of the worst three teams in the League. Fullerton and Riverside have a combined RPI of 625. Tthey have a total of 5 league wins and are a combined 15-30. It is a relatively simple trip with a single flight to Southern California. So the Rainbow Warriors should pick up two easy wins, right?  Not so fast.

First Hawaii still struggles on the road. This year they are 2-2 in Conference, and the losses have come in the Thursday game. Secondly, Thursday's opponent, UC Riverside, has beaten Cal Poly at home and has a 3 point overtime loss at home to Santa Barbara. Fullerton has beaten Santa Barbara at home. Hawaii is struggling to score from outside, and needs to find some offense from the guard position.

These games are critical to Hawaii's wanning chances of winning the Conference. A single loss on this trip and that chance is essentially over.  Two wins, however, will give UH a decent shot of finishing in the top three. I think UH will beat Fullerton. I am not so sure about Riverside. After this week, Hawaii still gets to play league leaders Irvine here, and Long Beach and Santa Barbara on the road. That trip is a monster.

Despite an extraordinary weekend, Issac did not receive the Big West Player of the Week. That honor went to Luke Nelson of UC Irvine. It should have gone to Issac. Previous Hawaii winners have been Standhardinger in week one and Shamburger Jan 27.

These are my views and do not reflect the view of the Regents

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 “On the Road Again”

  1. Jman:

    Good luck to the Warriors ! Must win or no come home !

  2. Hoosier:

    Time to separate the pretenders from the contenders. Two games that should go into the win column. The road is always tough but UH needs to answer the bell and beat the bottom dwellers of the conference if they expect to be considered a top team. Let's see what team shows up, the focused, 40 minute effort one or the one that has ready excuses for suffering bad losses. I expect two wins. These young men have shown their toughness and now just need to sustain it. Hard? Yes. Impossible? No way.

  3. primo123:

    if the guards can't score, hope gib can try and find some points from the "other" guys on the bench.

    might as well give them experience now, since its all about winning the tournament now.

  4. Hoosier:

    Well, it looks like 36 minutes of effort got the job done. Miserable close to the first half but back on track the rest of the game. One down, one to go. Good to see shooting back on track. Look for good results on Saturday and then good home crowds for these guys. Great times to be had at these home games. Terrific fans and more than family friendly. Take advantage while you have the chance, folks. Only a few home games left.

  5. Hank:

    Good win at Riverside. The shooting is a result of their focus on Fotu. Wide open looks. I also gotta give a shout out to Rozitis and Valdez, who add energy to the team when they come in. Especially on Defense. Homecoming for Fullerton tonight. Packed gym. Go Warriors!

  6. K-Bay:

    Good Tough Road Sweep...

    UCIrvine, even @ Home, Could Be Tougher, Still...

    UHMBB Team needs to Keep Improving...

    Fotu, Shooting, Defense, Execution, Efficiency, Shamburger, Nevels, Bench...Thursday Night Wins

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