Warriors aiming for more consistency
Battered but not broken, the Hawai’i basketball team returned from Las Vegas on Sunday and got back to work on Monday.
“There was a lot to learn, both good and bad,” Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold said of the 77-63 loss at nationally-ranked UNLV last Saturday. “We came out obviously really slow and they jumped out on us. Their athleticism kind of overwhelmed us to start the game, but I thought our toughness pulled through at the end.”
The Warriors are 4-2, with both losses to Top 25 teams. In the latest polls released on Monday, Illinois is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll; UNLV is No. 21 in the AP and No. 18 in the Coaches Poll.
“If you take the first half of the Illinois game and the second half of the UNLV game, that’s a pretty darn good team for 40 minutes,” Arnold said. “And that’s within us. That’s the potential that this team has.”
The Warriors had their worst shooting game of the season at UNLV. They shot 33.9 percent from the field, including just 5.6 percent (1 of 18) from 3-point range. At Monday’s workout, Arnold made each player make 100 3-pointers and 100 free throws.
“We spent the last hour just shooting, and I think that will help us to get in a rhythm for the week,” he said.
The Warriors will try to get back to its winning ways this Saturday, when they host Pepperdine at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Waves are 4-3, and will play a home game against UC Riverside on Wednesday before heading to Hawaii.
“Pepperdine’s had a really good season,” Arnold said. “They beat Washington State, they beat Irvine, which is picked ahead of us in the Big West … they got some good athletes, a little bit undersized, but they really get up and down.”
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$1 tickets available for Diamond Head Classic
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is offering fans that purchase a ticket to the Dec. 8 University of Hawai’i-Pepperdine men’s basketball game at the Stan Sheriff Center Ticket Office, the opportunity to purchase a ticket to either session one or session three of the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic for only one dollar.
This offer is valid only at the Stan Sheriff Center box office. The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic ticket must be purchased at the same time as the Hawai’i-Pepperdine ticket. The box office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Session one of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic tips off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22nd with Ole Miss versus Indiana State, followed by San Diego State versus San Francisco.
Session three of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic tips off Sunday, December 23 and will feature the two losing teams from session one playing at 10:00 a.m., followed by the winners from session one playing for the right to advance to the championship game.