Before Wednesday, Hawaii had never lost four Big West games in a row.
The Rainbow Warriors try to make sure that distinction stops AT four tonight.
Cal State Northridge should provide UH (13-9, 4-5 BWC) another prime opportunity at stopping its losing streak. The Matadors (5-19, 2-8) have lost five straight themselves, and got blasted by the ‘Bows by 19 at the Matadome last month.
UH is favored by 11.5 points tonight (UPDATE: That’s up to 13). CSUN is the only Big West team to have not won at the Stan Sheriff Center as a conference member (0-5), and its only win to date here came in 1998. UH has won seven straight in the series, having last lost to CSUN in the 2014 Big West tournament first round.
You’d expect the Rainbows to revert to their typical starting lineup tonight after Eran Ganot shook things up against Riverside on Wednesday, starting Zigmars Raimo and Samuta Avea alongside Brocke Stepteau, Leland Green and Jack Purchase.
UPDATE: That’s confirmed, as UH is going with its regulars, Drew Buggs, Brocke Stepteau, Sheriff Drammeh, Mike Thomas, Gibson Johnson.
You’d also not expect Ganot to get T’d up late in a tight game again. He said afterward he sees some value in getting one in certain instances (to fire up your team or send a message), but that wasn’t one of them.
UH has six regular-season games left after this, including four on the road. If it wants to have any chance at a top-three seed in the Big West tournament, it has to take this one.