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A Signature Win

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December 24th, 2013



Hawaii's win at the buzzer last night over St. Mary's is the first signature win of the season for the Rainbow Warriors.. After beating several lesser teams and losing to the three quality teams it had played, the team finally got a win against a quality opponent.

St Mary's came into the Tournament undefeated. It hadnt played a very tough schedule, but had a quality win over Boise at Boise. It was sitting just outside the top 25 until it lost on Day 1 to a weak South Carolina team who got beaten like a drum by Boise yesterday.

Hawaii had lost in a heart-breaker to Boise and as I said in the blog yesterday, often the team that wants ot more will prevail in a Consolidation game the following day. Well, to be honest, both teams came to play. It was very competitive game all night. Hawaii was quicker than St. Mary's and it showed in Hawaii's ability to force turnovers and its ability to penetrate the paint for layups and foul shot opportunities. On the other hand, the Gaels came into the game with 4 starters shooting over 40% from three and their ability to hit the three kept them in the game

The night before Standhardinger had one of his worst performances of the season. Last night, although he struggled from the field, he dominated the Gaels inside with his slashing drives to the hoop which led to 14 made free throws. And, of course, with the game on the line, he drilled a 12 foot jumper from the corner with 2 seconds left for the win.

What have seen from the Rainbow Warriors in the first two games of the Classic is very encouraging. They played hard and fairly consistently against two solid teams. No, not Duke or Louisville, but two teams picked to finish high in their respective conferences. The game aginst Oregon State maybe the easiest of the three, and a win against a Pac 12 team, even one not picked to do especially well, would be a nice way to end the Tournament. For now, Hawaii, in my view, has one of the best Big West non-conference wins so far and cements my opinion that are one of the best three teams right now in the Conference.

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BASKETBALL AND THE FIRST FAMILY

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December 23rd, 2013



We are into day 2 of the Diamond Head Classic and there has really been only one major surprise so far. That would be South Carolina's upset of previously undefeated St. Mary's in last night's first game. The other results, 17th ranked Iowa State defeat of George Mason, Akron's defeat of my host team, Oregon State, and Boise's win over the Rainbow Warriors were not upsets by any means.

And earilier today, the Beavers came from behind to defeat George Mason ( yeh) and Iowa State demolished Akron. Iowa State is for real. Tonight, Boise and South Carolina meet to determin who will lose to the Cyclones on Xmas and Hawaii will meet St. Mary's in what should be great game, one team coming off its first loss of the season and the other coming off a heart-breaking last second defeat.

The Hawaii game last night featured two evenly matched teams. I said early in the broadcast it would be decided on the final possession and for once i was right. A missed Hawaii free throw and a last second runner that bounced off the rim put Hawaii in a game that, frankly. may be more difficult than if they were playing South Carolina in the championship bracket.

Games like the one tonight often come down to who wants it more. A short turn-around and the loser bracket for teams that thought they would meet in the Championship round are often won on emotion, not pure talent. You know the Gaels never thought they would lose to the Gamecocks, and Hawaii  came so close to beating the pre-season number two in the Mountain West Conference. A subpar game by two of Hawaii's big men did the Rainbow Warriors in, as both Standhardinger and Rozitis had poor games. Credit Spearman and Fotu for keeping Hawaii in the game.

 The Gaels are a very talented team. In fact, just last week, the beat Boise in Boise. Boise had won 20 plus nonconference home games in a row before that defeat. The Gaels are an NCAA tournament team with  former Hawaii assistant Eran Ganot on their bench. Hawaii has yet to beat a top 125 team , and tonight they get another chance to do so.  I had predicted Hawaii would go 2-1 in the Tournament. I thought they would lose to Boise, but then win the next two. The first of those two wins i thought would come against South Carolina. They have a much tougher opponent tonight, however. It will take a complete effort by hawaii to win. That means both in the backcourt and the frontcourt.  I will stand by my prediction.

 Oregon State's game yesterday was one i know i wont soon forget. President Obama and the first family sat right behind me. The Oregon State folks were so kind to allow my wife and I to stay in the secured areas. I met and spoke to the President twice, once before tip-off and once at the conclusion of the game. And I have some great pictures. For once, it was more than " just a game". And credit to the UH staff, Rich Sherriff and his crew, HPD, and the Secret Service for making what could have been a real logistical nightmare a realatively painless event ( unless, i guess, you were stuck in traffic). Maybe we will see the president again  at the Xmas Oregon State game ( especially if they play Hawaii). .The First Family kids were at the Oregon State game today by the way.

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Odds and Ends

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December 11th, 2013



As UH gets ready to travel to Kauai to take on Pac West opponent, Chaminade, the second of two games against Div 2 opponents, I thought this would be a good time to see how the Big West and Diamond Head Classic teams are doing in the RPI and Pomeroy rankings. In a nutshell, the Big West is not doing well while the Classic will have a few top 100 teams.

First, the Rainbow Warriors. As we know, against div 1 teams they are currently 5-2. In significant games, they have beaten N. Arizona on the road, lost to Missiouri on the road, lost to New Mexico State at home, and beat Montana at home. They have an RPI of 189 ( out of 351 div 1 teams) and a Pomeroy ranking of 131. Of the teams they have beaten, none has a Pomeroy ranking better than 168 ( Montana). The two losses have come against teams ranked 40 ( Missiouri) and New Mexico State ( 75).

Hawaii has the 4th highest RPI in the Big West behind Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Cal Poly. In Pomeroy, Hawaii ranks ahead of everybody in the Conference except Santa Barbara. The first four schools have a Pomeroy ranking in the top 150, while he bottom 5 rank from 220 ( Long Beach) to 309 ( UC Davis)..

In the RPI, Big West schools, except for Santa Barbara, rank in the bottom half,but the Gauchos are 17th in the College Insider.com Mid major Poll and Hawaii received 8 votes which puts them in 41st place. All in all, the Conference is not doing well so far, but the good news is that Hawaii looks to be a top 4, if not better, team in the Conference.

As far as the Classic is concerned, Hawaii's first round opponent, Boise State, just lost to Kentucky on the road, but not too many teams will beat the Wildcats this year. Boise is ranked 60 in the Pomeroy rankings. Others in the tournament rank from undefeated Iowa state ( 21) to undefeated St Marys (36) to George Mason ( 136). Hawaii has the second lowest Pomeroy ranking in the Classic field, but is playing at home and always steps it up in this tournament.

So for all of you who ask me how good is this team, I continue to say ask me after the Classic. Hawaii needs to beat some top 100 teams. So far, the game against Missouri , in my opinion, has been its best effort. The wins have come against lesser quality teams. The jury is still out, but voting has begun.

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Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents but this blog reflects his personal opinions.

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Since The Last Blog

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December 2nd, 2013



well alot has happened since the last blog. Yes, I have been apponited to the Board of Regents. I hope to contribute in many ways, not the least of which is to discussions regarding UH athletics. No, i will not be giving up the blog although i will have to be careful of avoiding conflicts on basketball issues like coaches contracts. And i will continue with the radio show and game braodcasts.

Maui, as always, was great fun. My undergraduate alma mater, Syracuse, ran thru the field. It wasn't the strongest field (there were only two games where both teams were ranked), but it was a competiive field, at least on paper. Chaminade held its own for some of each game, but lost pretty badly at the end. I will say that they are much better than Hilo, and if they can hit their three point shots for two halves, they could make a game of it when they play UH in two weeks in Lihue.

Meanwhile the Rainbow Warriors won two games. The first, against New Orleans, was not much more than a scrimmage. You can see why the Privateers are one of the worst teams in Division 1 as they return to Division 1 basketball. After the pounding UH gave both Hilo and New Orleans, thier offensive stats are somewhat inflated.

The game against Montana was a different story. After jumping out to an early lead, Montana crawled back to a tie early in the second half by playing solid half court basketball, but UH got its running game going and won fairlly easily. Standhardinger had a monster game and Fotu , even with his wrist injury, helped UH once again dominate in the paint. The team still has, in my view, some offensive issues, particularly in the half court. Shamburger continues to struggle from the field, but is giving UH a steady hand at the point. Nevels appears to be the only consistant outside shooter, although Enos may have the nicest three point touch. And Spearman appears to back at full strength both offensively and defensively. The role players have giving the team some solid minutes. When hawaii can dominate the boards, they are tough to beat. It remains to be seen what happens when they have to play a half court game

The road will shortly get much tougher. After this wees's road game at Northern Arizona and the game with Chaminade, the Diamond Head Classic should give us a good indication of where this teams stands going into Conference play. Northern Arizona just lost at home to UC Riverside, and although it is on the road, at some altitude and proabaly snowy and cold, this is a game UH is supposed to win. Ditto Chaminade. But the first round opponent in the Classic is a very good Boise State team, and depending what happens in that game, either St. Mary's or South Carolina the next round. Boise is easily the best team the Rainbow Warriors will have faced all year ( unless they wind up playing Iowa State in the Classic).

I predicted UH would be 5-2 at this point and 7-2 going into the Classic. I have been correct so far on all games and am pretty confident on the next two. We'll see

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Gone to Maui

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November 24th, 2013



Since my last blog, UH played Missouri tough in Kansas City before losing by 12, and destroyed UH Hilo in what was not much more than a scrimmage. Frankly one game against a Pac West team is more than enough and the RainbowWarriors still have a game against Chaminade on Kauai in December. These games do nothing to help Hawaii's RPI and although i understand playing one of these on a Neighbor Island, that's about all that can be justified.

Meanwhile I am on Maui for the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Frankly, its not the best Maui field in recent years, but my alma mater Syracuse is here along with Baylor and Gonzaga as the favorites.

In Monday's games, Arkansas plays Cal and Syracuse plays Minnesota. In the bottom half of the bracket, its Chaminade against Baylor and Dayton against Gonzaga. I expect Baylor and Gonzaga to come out of their bracket easily along with Syracuse and Arkansas .

Meanwhile UH will play New Orleans wednesday and Montana Friday. Neither shoud pose
much of a challenge. New Orleans started the season ranked 348 out of the 351 teams in Division 1 and although Montana whipped UH last year in Missoula, they are not the same team this year and the Rainbows should win this one by at least ten.

Folks keep asking me how good is this year's team. My answer is i dont know. They beat the three teams they were supposed to beat, lost to one they were supposed to lose to, and lost to New Mexico State at home, a team that is good, but not great. The games leading up to the Diamond Head wont tell us much, but the opening game against Boise will.

I still think the team needs more than one outside shooter and teams are scoring too easily once they break the press, which has been effective. Team free throw shooting seems to have improved and the team is going to the line more than their opponents. With Spearman back,there is some depth in the backcourt, although the frontcourt remains thin. Meanwhile the Big West is struggling against decent competition so in the early going, the League does not appear very strong nor deep.

Go orange.

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Lesson from the Rainbow

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November 12th, 2013



WITH THREE GAMES UNDER THEIR BELT, SOME OBSERVATIONS CAN BE REASONABLY DRAWN AFTER THE RAINBOW WARRIORS 2-1 OPENING WEEKEND TOURNAMENT.

FIRST, HAWAII WILL CRUSH WEAK TEAMS. AS ADVERTISED, THE HAWAII BACKCOURT IS QUICKER, BETTER BALL-HANDLERS, AND JUST MORE TALENTED THEN LAST YEAR'S BACKCOURT. COMBINED WITH A STRONG FRONTCOURT, WHEN HAWAII CAN CONTROL THE BOARDS, THIS TEAM CAN DOMINATE THE WEAKER TEAMS IN TRANSITION.

HAWAII LOOKS LIKE A BETTER FREE THROW SHOOTING TEAM THAN LAST YEAR. NOT ONLY THAT, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET TO THE LINE FAIRLY OFTEN THIS WEEKEND, AND IF NOT PLAYING FROM BEHIND, THAT TREND SHOULD CONTINUE.

HAWAII'S BACKCOURT CAN AND WILL CREATE TURNOVERS. AGAINST THE RIGHT OPPONENT, THEY CAN PRESS FULL COURT AND WEAR DOWN OPPONENT'S BACKCOURTS.

SHOOTING AND HITTING THREES MAY BE A PROBLEM. THE BIG GUYS ARE STRUGGLING FROM BEYOND THE PERIMETER, AND ONLY NEVELS LOOKS LIKE A CONSISTENT OUTSIDE THREAT. SHAMBURGER HIT TWO THREES WITHIN A MINUTE IN GAME TWO, BUT OTHERWISE IS NOT SHOOTING WELL SO FAR. VALDES AND SMITH PROVIDE BACKCOURT DEPTH, BUT THE TEAM WILL NEED A HEALTHY SPEARMAN ONCE THE COMPETITION IMPROVES.

SOMEONE NEEDS TO KEEP TRACK OF TIMEOUTS. LAST NIGHT'S MISTAKE WAS VERY COSTLY. THE RAINBOW WARRIORS MADE A SPRITED COMBACK IN THE LAST 4 MINUTES COMING FROM 16 DOWN TO CUT THE LEAD TO 5, BUT A TECHNICAL FOUL BECAUSE SOMEONE MISCOUNTED TIMEOUTS MAY HAVE COST THEM THE GAME.

STANDHARDINGER DOMINATED THE TWO SMALLER TEAMS INSIDE, BUT LOOKED MENTALLY FRUSTRATED AGAINST THE TALLER AND STRONGER AGGIES. FOTU PICKED UP THE SLACK AND WAS VOTED THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER. I VOTED FOR MULLINGS OF NEW MEXICO STATE AS HE LED HIS TEAM TO THE VICTORY. TOO OFTEN IN LAST NIGHT'S GAME, THE HAWAII INTERIOR DEFENSE COULD NOT STOP THE SLASHING DRIVES OF THE AGGIE BACKCOURT. HAWAII STRUGGLED AGAINST A QUICK ATHLETIC OPPONENT WHILE DOMINATING THE LESS ATHLETIC TEAMS.

NOW ITS ON TO MISSOURI. FIRST, I COMMEND GIB FOR SCHEDULING AN OPPONENT LIKE THIS ON THE ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE GAME WILL BE PLAYED IN KANSAS CITY, ITS A HOME GAME FOR THE TIGERS AND HAWAII WILL BE A DOUBLE DIGIT UNDERDOG. BUT IT CAN ONLY HELP THE RPI AND THE EXPERIENCE OF PLAYING A TOP 40 TEAM CAN ONLY HELP DOWN THE ROAD.

FINALLY, THE CROWDS WERE GREAT. NOT ALL THAT BIG , AROUND 4500 THE FIRST TWO NIGHTS AND 1500 -2000 LAST NIGHT, BUT THEY WERE LOAD AND SUPPORTIVE. THIS TEAM PLAYS AN UPTEMPO EXCITING STYLE OF BASKETBALL AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE GOING TO THE GAMES FUN.
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The Computer Says......

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November 8th, 2013



I am going to hold off on my Big West predictions, game by game, for a few weeks. What i have instead are the just released computer ranking from Team Rankings.com, a site that predicts every game in sports, including college basketball.

Here is what Team Rankings says about the Rainbow Warriors and the Big West. I think you will find very interesting.

First, it predicts Hawaii will go 17-12 this season and 9--7 in the Conference. It predicts that Hawaii has a 13% chance of winning the league championship and 11% chance of winning the Conference Tournament. It says Hawaii " toughest games" outside the Conference will be Missouri ( 5% chance of winning) Boise (22%) and New Mexico State (42%). In the Conference, it predicts the toughest games for UH will be 7 road games with Hawaii a favorite only at Riverside. The odds of Hawaii winning another Big West road game range from 27% at UCSB to 45% at Fullerton.

On the other end of the spectrum, Team Rankings has Hawaii as a" strong favorite" against home non league opponents Chaminade, Hilo, New Orleans ( almost a lock against these teams), Neb Omaha, TN State and Norfolk State. It has Hawaii as a strong favorite at home against league opponents UC Riverside, Fullerton, Long Beach and Irvine( ranging from 85% to 65%).

All other games are tossups as of now. It predicts Hawaii has a 93% chance to make the Conference Tournament, 48% to make the semis, 24% to make the finals, and as i said earilier, an 11% chance to win. By the way, it gives Hawaii a 1% chance of an at-large bid to the Big Dance.

As for the league, Team Rankings predicts Santa Barbara to win the league with 10 wins, with Cal Poly second. Then Cal St. Northridge followed by UH. Right behind UH is UC Davis, then Irvine, L. Beach St, Fullerton and Riverside. It says UCSB has a 21% chance to win the Conference regular season and 20% chance to win the tournament.

Interesting stuff based upon thousands of computer simulations, but that's all it is. Its the reason they lace them up, but these guys sell their services ( mostly for gambling reasons), so they work hard at it. Anyway, it all begins tonight. See you at the Arena.

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Analyzing The Schedule-Diamond Head Classic

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November 6th, 2013



Although its not the strongest XMAS field we have seen, it is a balanced field. In fact, UH has the lowest Pomeory rating of any team in the field at 207. And ESPN didnt do UH any favors with its seedings.

First the teams and their Pomeroy preseason rankings. Iowa St 38;Boise 42;St Marys's 52: Oregon State 73:George Mason89; Akron 108: South Carolina 133, and UH 207. First every team in the Classic has a higher Pomery than any other home opponent except New Mexico State and every team has a higher Pomeory than any team in the Big West ( we will look at that part of the schedule later this week.

Uh opens up against Boise St. Boise has all 5 staters returning and is picked to finish 3rd in the Mountain West. Some say they could win the Conference( not an easy feat with schools like New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State in the MWC). You have to wonder why ESPN would have Hawaii play Boise in the first round unless they dont want the Warriors playing in the feature game in Round 2. Even though Hawaii plays well in the Classic, I have to think this Boise team is just too tough.

The other first round game in that half of the bracket is South Carolina/St Mary's. I like the Gaels. St. Mary's is picked to finish either second or third behind Gonzaga and BYU in the West Coast Conference and one of its assistants is former UH assistant Eran Ganot. They do lose last year's Conference player of the year, Matthew Dellavedova, but i think they have too much for the gamecocks who are coached by Frank Martin, easily one of the most entertaining coaches in college baskeball.

The other bracket has Iowa State vrs George Mason and Oregon State vrs Akron.Everybody remembers the incredible run the patriots had a few years ago in the NCAA's, but this is not the same team. They are picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic 10, while Iowa State is a probale NCAA team this year. I like the Cyclones. In the Oregon State/Akron game, I am hosting the Beavers so i am picking them to move on even though they are picked to end up in the bottom half of the Pac 12. I am guessing the president will make an appearance and that should be enough to get past the Zips ( one of the best nicknames in college sports).

In Round 2, i like Iowa State to get by Oregon State ( how sad) and Boise to get by St. Mary's. I think Akron will beat George Mason and in the only consolation game that matters, I like Hawaii to beat the big boys from the SEC, South Carolina. At home and in the Classic, I go with the Rainbows. I am assuming they will be at full strength by then .

For 5th place, I have Hawaii playing Akron. I will be a homer and take the Rainbows to beat the Zips.. For 7th place, i am going with George Mason. I think he signed the Declaration of Independence and that is enough for me.

In the Championship bracket, i like St Marys's to beat Oregon State, and Boise to win it all. How close will i be. probably not very close, but if you are a basketball fan, it will be the best basketball played at home all year. Might not mean as much as Conference play, but the quality will be better.

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Analyzing The Schedule Part 1. Nonconference

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November 5th, 2013



Over the next few days, I will provide a brief review of this year's schedule and my predictions for each game. We start today with the Non Diamond Head and Non Conference schedule which begins Friday and goes thru Jan 3 In making my picks, i have used several resources, including pre-season magazines and most importantly, the 2014 Pomeroy Rankings, which many people believe is the best predictor of a teams' performance.

The season begins with this weekend's four team tournament. Hawaii opens with Tennessee State, then plays Western Michigan, and at midnite on Monday, concludes with New Mexico State.

Tennessee State is ranked 219 preseason. Hawaii is ranked 207. They play in the Ohio Valley Conference and are picked to finish 3 to 5 in the 6 team East Division. They have an all league guard in Patrick Miller. I like Hawaii to open the season with a win.

A tougher match is game 2 against Western Michigan. They have a Pomeroy preseason ranking of 153. They play in the West Division of the Mid- American Conference and are picked to finish in the top three. They were in the CBI last year, but they lost the Conference Freshman of the Year, Darius Paul, who transferred to Illinois. I like the Rainbow Warriors to make it two straight to open the season.

The midnight game, however, is against the best non Diamond Head team the Bows will face at home in New Mexico State. The Aggies are the clear favorite to win the WAC and are ranked 90 preseason. They have the league's top player in Daniel Mullings, a Jr Guard. I think they have just a little too much for Hawaii and i pick the Aggies to win the tournament championship ( but it is a midnight game so who knows).

The team then goes on the road to face SEC powerhorse Missouri. The Tigers are not as strong as they have been, but they are picked to finish 5 or 6th in a bigtime Conference. Their preseason ranking is 49. They are a probable NCAA Tournament team and have averaged 25 wins over the past 5 seasons. Credit Gib for scheduling this game. It will help the Warriors RPI, but its very likley to be a loss.

Next up for Hawaii are two easy home games. First up is the game against UH Hilo. Its the first of two games against Hawaii Div 2 schools and really should have been an exhibition. But with Hawaii finding it tough to get Div 1 schools to come out here and play, what can you do.

That game is followed by a home game with New Orleans, a new member of the Southland Conference and Division 1 for two years. They are a bad team. ranked 349 out of 352 Div 1 teams. They are picked to finish in the bottom four of their 14 team league

After those two wins, Hawaii gets a much tougher home game against Montana. Ranked 139 preseason, they are picked either 1 or 2 in the Big Sky. They are the two time defending champs, but lost their two best players to graduation. They beat Hawaii badly when they last played in Montana, but i am going with the Bows at home this time.

Hawaii then goes on the road for a single game at another Big Sky school, Northern Arizona. They are not very good. They have a preseason ranking of 284 are picked to finish in the lower half of their Conference. Dispite the game being on the road where Hawaii has not played well, especially against Non-Conference teams, I see hawaii coming home with a win.

Next up is another of those Div 2 Hawaii opponents,this time Chaminade. This is the last game before the Diamond Head, and i dont think Hawaii will be looking ahead. This game will be played on Kaua'1, and Hawaii previals.

Finally, there are two non-league games after the Diamond Head Classic. The first is against Norfolk State. Their preseason ranking is just ahead of UH at 204. They went undefeated in thier Conference last year, finishing 16-0 in the Mid Eastern Conference. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Conference Tournament. But their Conference is very weak, and dispite being picked to win the Conference again this year, I think they are out here to celebrate New Year's and the Bows will win.

That game is followed by the last Non-Conference game of the season against Nebraska-Omaha. Ranked 307, they are picked to finish in the middle of the Summit League. They have the league's top returning scorer, but they will be no match for Hawaii.

Adding it all up, I think Hawaii will go 9-2 against the Non-Conference, Non Diamond Head opponents. Frankly, against these teams, anything less than 8-3 would be a disappointment. But as you will see over the next few days, things get much tougher in the Diamond Head and the Conference.

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Observations from The Exhibition

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November 1st, 2013



Last night, the Rainbow Warrriors ( i think that's the latest nickname) easily defeated an overmatched BYUH squad in a game that was not as close as the final score. Gib subsituted freely and the UH starting five was just way too quick for a slow BYUH team.

There were no surprises in the starting five of Standhardinger, Fotu, Shamburger,Nevels, and Spearman. But Spearman's night ended just a few seconds into the game when he left the floor with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He was last seen leaving the Arena on crtuches at the end of the game, not a good sign for a critical player who has the 3 spot locked up. He was replaced by Aaron Valdes who had a solid game with 8 points and 11 rebounds ( led the team in rebounding).

Standhardinger led the scoring with 27 points, but made less than 50% of his 19 attempts. One thing is certain. He will shoot from all over the court this year. He attempted 5 threes, making 2, and was not hesitant in taking the ball to the hoop (sometimes inadvisedly in my opinion).

Garrett Nevels had an outstanding game. He shot 11-17 and played aggressive defense. In fact the the team showed that it can effectively press as they caused 15 steals.

Shamburger did a solid job at the point with 11 assists with only 4 turnovers, but his offense contiues to struggle as he made only 1 of 7 from the field. The team had 19 turnovers against a non pressure defense and that will have to improve.

Issac had a very average game. He had only 8 points and only 3 rebounds. Dont expect that to continue. Off the bench, the team got solid performances from Quincy Smith ( the team does have some depth in the backcourt) and Mike Thomas. Against a small frontcourt, Rozitis chipped in with 7 rebounds and 7 points in only 12 minutes.

Hard to really get a good reading on the team from this one exhibition. BYUH is not the team it was just a few years ago, and it was the first " real game" for both squads. But there were encouraging signs of the uptempo, pressing, transition game Gib wants to play this year. One concern is the lack of real depth in the frontcourt and if Spearman is out for any lenght of time, that will hurt. Another issue down the road against better quality teams is the lack of height in the backcourt. But all in all, I am sure the UH coaches were pleased with the team's overall performance.

The season starts for real next Friday in a four team tounament where UH will play one poor team, one average team, and one pretty good team. It should give all of us a real clue as to how the team will perform this year. cant wait.

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