Regrouping and reloading

There’s no way to describe Hawaii’s 59-44 home loss to Idaho last night as anything but ugly, but perhaps some new blood can help the Rainbow Warriors get past their recent frustrations in the Western Athletic Conference.

UH (9-6, 0-3 WAC) will look to pick up its first league victory tomorrow night against Boise State (10-5, 3-0).

Utah transfer Jace Tavita practiced for the first time with his new team. He sat on the bench last night and watched the debacle vs. the Vandals, but on first impressions from today’s practice, looks like a solid defender who could help the Rainbows get better. The only thing is, he will have to do it as a practice player for two full semesters because of NCAA transfer rules.

“Jace, you look good in that green and black. A lot better than that red,” UH coach Gib Arnold told Tavita during a drill in today’s practice.

Tavita, a junior, will sit out games the rest of this spring. He will be eligible to play in the spring of 2011-12.

In five games for the Utes this season, he averaged 1.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. He was voted a team captain at the start of the season, but requested his release once playing time became scarce.


The team didn’t seem overly down about suffering its second straight blowout loss of league play, but there did seem to be a sense of urgency today.

More on the must-win nature of tomorrow’s game against the Broncos — who are coming off a quadruple-overtime win at San Jose State — in tomorrow’s newspaper.


  1. josh January 7, 2011 5:28 pm

    Is Tavita a walk on?

  2. masteruke January 8, 2011 10:29 am

    coach Gib needs to stop his gimmick practices and start teaching fundamentals again. The
    team has to learn how to set picks rebound and play defense. And please, stop using that soft zone. His players are too slow to rotate that everytime they go into their zone they get
    killed. All the players seem to be giving it their best especially Thompson. Now its time for the coaches to stepup and start coaching

  3. Brian McInnis January 8, 2011 2:00 pm

    Hey Josh,

    That’s unclear at this moment. Coach wouldn’t comment to that question and Tavita said that had yet to be worked out, as he was still getting settled. Will have a full blog posting on Tavita today.

  4. jimbo January 8, 2011 4:56 pm

    Let’s not waste any scholarships, are needs are to get more athletic players than we have on the roster currently. Adding Tavita will not help the situation,this guy has no offense, we already have that in Miles. Go out and recruit some studs for next season. Tavita will be a senior next year. One year left. don’t waste a scholie on this guy ,we need some scorers who can flat out play.

  5. protector January 9, 2011 1:00 am


    Is that true that Tavita would only play one year I woujd think that he’d have 2 years of eligibility? OR, since he won’t play until Spring of 2012, that it would amount to about a year and a half (or little bit more)?

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