UH and Cal State Fullerton open Big West play tonight in the Stan Sheriff Center. Here’s the skinny on the Titans:
>> The Titans are 4-10, but they’ve played the seventh-toughest pre-conference schedule. Their 10 losses have come against teams with a combined 105-40.
“One of the tough parts about going to the NCAA Tournament (last year) having four of five starters back, nobody wants to come play you at your place,” CSUF coach Dedrique Taylor said. “We had to do what we had to do to take advantage of our experience and up the ante a little bit with our schedule.”
The Titans have played only three home games. The Wooden Legacy was on their court — only the Titans were not invited.
>> The Titans are proving everyone in the lottery to the Big Dance. The Titans finished fourth in the 2018 regular season. But they won the Big West tournament and accompanying NCAA bid.
“That’s the beauty of the Big West,” Taylor said, noting recent regular-season champs were “not the team(s) that won the conference tournament. Literally, all nine teams have to feel good going into the season.”
>> The Titans are on threat in system — they like to create advantages on isolations — and on the run (13.2 fast-break points per game). Kyle Allman, who scored 40 in the SSC a year ago, and Khalil Ahmad are each averaging a little more than 18 points per game. Ahmad also can slide to the post when the Titans play small ball. Jackson Rowe is the leading rebounder (7.1 per game), but Johnny Wang and Josh Pitts also can clutter the lane.