Everybody staying dry?
Come on down to the Stan Sheriff Center if you need to escape the wet weather — and if you want to see the Hawaii basketball team’s most meaningful game of the season to date.
While their postseason fate is still at the mercy of the magnanimous NCAA, UH (12-11, 6-4 Big West) can inject itself into the serious discussion of BWC regular-season contenders if it can find a way to get past UC Irvine tonight.
The Anteaters (14-12, 7-3) are at relative full strength and are favored by 3.5 points.
UH is expected to be without shooting guard Leland Green for a third straight game with a nebulous illness, so Sheriff Drammeh will step into the starting line up again. Noah Allen has also been dealing with an ankle issue since Thursday’s nine-point win over Cal Poly, but is expected to be a go.
Containing the Anteaters’ frontcourt will be a handful. UH will need reserve bigs Ido Flaisher and Zigmars Raimov to continue their recent solid play — or at least be judicious with their fouls.
That went firmly the way of UCI in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 7, an 84-56 Anteaters rout. It was UH’s second-most lopsided loss in the Big West.
UCI leads the all-time series 10-7 and is just one of two BWC opponents to lead the Rainbow Warriors. (The other is Long Beach State.) UH drew even with Cal Poly at 6-6, pending next week’s rematch with the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo.