The Hawaii men’s basketball team has played basketball at all hours this season. There was the late-night game in the Rainbow Classic, a morning game in the Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day, not to mention awkward hours of practices on UH’s recent road trips.
So the Rainbow Warriors (10-8, 1-5 WAC) shrugged off a late-night practice at Klum Gym last night — held from 9 to 10:45 p.m. because coach Gib Arnold had just returned home from a recruiting trip — and got plenty of rest before a normal afternoon practice today.
Energy levels seemed to be fine in preparation for tomorrow’s game against Fresno State (7-9, 3-3), which has lost three in a row after a 3-0 WAC start.
“We were alright,” junior guard Zane Johnson said. “Some of us got in the cold tub, some of us older guys. We use that cold tub a lot, I really think we recover faster with that.”
In addition, the Rainbows got a present: new adidas game shoes.
“We’ve been waiting on these for a while,” Johnson said.
Interesting subplot to the game against FSU: UH associate head coach Walter Roese was an assistant to Bulldogs coach Steve Cleveland for several years at BYU. Roese naturally had the scout against his old boss.
Meanwhile, the Rainbow Wahine basketball team scrimmaged against its men’s practice squad, Da Braddahs, in Gym 2.
The Wahine are trying to shake off the disappointment of a narrow loss at Boise State last week, in which they allowed a 37-point game from BSU forward Lauren Lenhardt, ultimately UH’s undoing. UH takes to the road again tomorrow for Saturday’s game at winless San Jose State (0-16).
Though the Spartans are impossible to describe as anything but awful, this is an opponent the Wahine (6-11, 0-4) cannot overlook.