For UH basketball coach Eran Ganot, preseason polls are save-the-date reminders.
“I’ve always said the exciting thing about the preseason predictions that are going around right now is your season is a step closer,” Ganot said this morning.
In the media poll released today, the Rainbow Warriors are predicted to finish sixth in the nine-team Big West. UC Irvine, with 10 of the 24 first-place votes, is picked to win the league.
“The reality whether we’re picked first or the middle of the pack really has no bearing on how we proceed,” Ganot said. “At the end of the day, banners are hung and seasons are revered based on what you actually do and not what people say you can do.”
With eight of last year’s top 10 players back — and the addition of three 7-foot players and sharpshooter Eddie Stansberry — Ganot said “we really feel good about our team. We feel pretty good about the progression every year.”
But Ganot said the league also is trending upward, and there are “five or six” other teams deep with returnees.
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After a crisp 90-minute, run-through practice today, the football Warriors were scheduled to depart this afternoon to California in advance of Saturday’s road game against Fresno State.
Coach Nick Rolovich said the emphasis is not on bowl possibilities or past rivalries.
“This is more of us playing a good game of football looking like a decent, at worst, football team, where we didn’t look like that last weekend,” Rolovich said.