Hawaii will have to get it done against Cal State Fullerton without its top scorer on Saturday night.
Aaron Valdes is in street clothes as he recovers from a sprained left ankle suffered in the 73-52 win over UC Riverside on Thursday.
It is the first missed game of the season for Valdes (14.2 ppg).
Forward Stefan Jankovic steps back into the starting lineup coming off a 12-point outing on 5-for-7 shooting from the field against the Highlanders.
Cal Poly and UC Riverside earned respective upset wins over Long Beach State and UC Irvine on Saturday, moving them to 5-6 in league play. It’s imperative for UH to take this game to give itself a little breathing room.
UH will firstly try to contain CSF guard Alex Harris, the Big West’s fourth-leading scorer at 16.1 ppg. Like Valdes, Harris has been a bit up and down in terms of his scoring consistency in league play.
Senior forward Steve McClellan is the Big West’s qualified leader in rebounds at 8.5 per game.