It’s game night with fourth-seeded UH and No. 5 Long Beach State meeting in the opening round of the Big West tournament.
The Rainbow Warriors are at ease in Orange County with this being their 10th day on the road. With their final regular-season game against Cal State Fullerton, the ‘Bows did not even have to change hotels. Eran Ganot said it was one of the rare Sundays on the road not spent in an airport or on an airplane. On Monday night, the players attended the Clippers-Celtics game. (Side note: former UH football player Marco Johnson‘s daughter is a spirit dancer for the Clippers. Also, former UH coach Gib Arnold, who scouts for the Celtics, attended the game.)
The ‘Bows practiced at Hope International yesterday, and were scheduled for a morning shoot-around today at the Honda Center.
This will be the third meeting between the teams. The ‘Bows swept the home-and-home series. Once again, the ‘Bows are concerned about:
> The 49ers’ knack for drawing fouls
> The inside game featuring Temidayo Yussuf and Mason Riggins
> And Deishuan Boooker, who is averaging 23.3 points against Big West opponents, with 153 of his 373 points — 41 percent — coming on free throws. By the way, he knocks down free throws at 92.7 percent.
The 49ers are concerned because:
> The ‘Bows have a terrific outside game, led by Jack Purchase and Eddie Stansberry
> The ‘Bows have a better bench
> And Brocke Stepteau is a more accurate free-throw shooter than Booker.
From yesterday’s pep rally: