By Jeff Portnoy
Everybody is talking about last night's incident where a fan came out of the stands to confront Gib . Probably the most publicity UH baskeball has received in years. Gib had run onto the court to protest a call when the fan ran onto the court and tried to get in Gib's face. Standhardinger and Nevels pushed the fan away, and fortunately no punches were exchanged. Credit both Gib and the players for keeping their composure in what could have easily turned ugly. In my view, the fan needs to be severely disciplined. Perhaps a suspension from school, but certainly something more than an apology.
Fans rushing the court in college basketball has become a joke. Almost everytime a home team beats a higher ranked team, students rush the court. Its only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. In arena sports, the fans are in close proximity to the court. Last night, the fan ran down from half way up the stands and i dont think i saw any barrier between the stands and the court so i not sure any security person could have stopped him. But after he ran all the way across the court, i didnt see any security either.
Lost in all this was another loss to one of the top three teams. Hawaii ends those games 1-5. Not good. And the one win was very improbable .Last nights final score was not indicative of how one- sided the game actually was. UH trailed all night by double digits. Once again, The Bows could not defend the three, and Issac was missing in action on the road. If UH has any chance of making noise in the Tournament, Issac needs to step up on the road and play like he plays at home.
Spearman had another poor game. His offense has been very streaky, and right now, its going in the wrong direction. One bright spot, potentially, was that Shamburger made 4-5 threes, although for one of the few times this year, he had more turnovers than assists. Nevels had one of his poorest performances going 1-10 from the field. As I have said many times in bhis blog, for UH to compete, it needs to get solid scoring from at least 2 players other than Fotu and Stardhardinger, who by the way had a good game with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Long Beach lost again, so UH had a chance to move into third with a win. Didnt get it, so we now wait until tomorrow's games to see who UH will play in the 4-5 game. Northridge beat Long Beach and looks like they maybe the opponent. As i said before, that's the worst match-up for the Bows in my opinion. With a win tomorrow, Hawaii will get its 20th win to go against 10 losses. They will wind up 9-7 in the league. Just about where folks had predicted, maybe slightly better based upon the coaches pre-season poll. I think many fans will wait until the Tournament to grade this year's team. A couple of wins, and i suspect most will be satisfied. A first round loss, and it will be different.
These are my views, not those of the Regents. Like to hear your views on the regular season. Are you satisfied?