After Thursday night’s win over Delaware State, Eran Ganot was asked if a 6-7 record through nonconference play was something he was satisfied with — or not good enough — considering the vast rebuild job and penalties the program is undergoing.
UH has already exceeded its losses from last season and goes into conference play with a losing mark for the first time since 2007-08, even with two straight wins.
The second-year Hawaii coach laid down a soliloquy in response to the above question. A resolution, if you will.
“It’s a tough balance. This whole situation is very unique. It’s a unique challenge. You want to, you got the dynamics of a new group. The least returners and least returning production of anyone in the country for the last decade. But I also can’t, we also can’t send the message that this is OK as well for this group. You know, this is a group … moving forward, as we continue to fight through all that nonsense, and some of those dark clouds. We’re getting better in a lot of ways. The NCAA thing, whatever, it’s going to go away. But in the meantime, I can’t, we can’t let them know that losing’s OK, or that 6-7 is OK. We could have had some games back, obviously. We had some games — the first half against Princeton, the second half against Illinois State — we gotta have a culture about work, discipline, team. Same thing we said from Day 1 as we fight through this adversity. But I don’t know if we can ever say we’re OK with (that). Like I said the other day, when we fought back against Utah, we fought through the North Carolina game. We said in those games, we come in with an expectation to get it done. Because when you’re on your heels, you’re not good. The belief is the foundation you can build everything off of. To answer your question, it’s a tough balance. I’m glad we won two in a row going into conference play, but I want our guys to .. .it’s such a great question. You don’t want to lower the bar. You want to find a balance there and then keep raising the bar back to where we need to be.”
Without going through all the specific areas in which UH could resolve to get better for the flip to 2017 — we’d be here a while — suffice it to say the team will look to reignite Noah Allen as an offensive force; keep cultivating its freshman class; cut down on its turnovers; and shoot the ball like it did in the first half against Delaware State. That’s just a few.
Happy New Year, all.