Warriors start preparing for Pepperdine
The Hawai’i basketball team certainly is not dwelling on its road loss at UNLV last weekend. The Warriors have been keeping busy this week, both on and off the court.
On the court, they have a full week to prepare for Saturday’s home game against Pepperdine.
“We just have to improve on our weaknesses,” junior forward Christian Standhardinger said. “Trying our best to get that loss out of our mind and focus on our next game and move on.”
In particular, the Warriors have been working on shooting – free throws, 3-pointers, and mid-range – and team defense. They will have to be efficient against a Pepperdine team that is allowing just 63.0 points per game, and limiting opponents to a .384 field goal percentage.
“They got a decent team, that’s what we know,” Standhardinger said.
It will help the Warriors to be at home, where they are 4-1 this season, with the only loss by one point.
“Its definitely good to be back here at the Stan Sheriff,” senior point guard Jace Tavita said. “To have our hometown crowd come out and support us is going to be good. The energy is going to be good for us.”
In addition to practicing every day this week, the Warriors have also been trying to catch up on school work. There are only two weeks remaining in the current semester, so term papers and final exams are fast approaching.
“I have an eight-page paper to write today because I put it on hold,” Standhardinger said. “I will get it done and after that we have a good little break where we can just focus on basketball.”
Tavita added: “You just have to use your time wisely – get your school work done, get your rest, your treatment. There’s not going to be a lot of free time, but it’s just part of it.”
One concern this week is the status of senior center Vander Joaquim, whose practice time has been limited due to a sore knee. He injured his right knee in the preseason, but has played in every game this season. He is expected to play on Saturday.
Pepperdine is 5-3, and will bring a little bit of momentum with them to Hawai’i, as they are coming off a 62-40 rout of UC Riverside on Wednesday.
Here is a highlight video of that game, courtesy www.pepperdinesports.com.