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Gary’s Hoops Scoops: Feb. 25

I don’t know. I just don’t know. That can apply to many things, but of course I’m talking about our University of Hawaii basketball team and their recent struggles. I don’t know if splitting the two games on last week’s road trip was good or not. I don’t know if this team can get back to playing the type of basketball they played in January. I just don’t know.

I still believe in this team, despite the month of February not being kind to the ’Bows, who are 2-5 this month going into this week’s final home games. I know this team has more talent and depth than they’ve shown in the last four games. They will have to prove that over these last four games of Big West play. At this point, first place will not happen. Last place won’t happen either. Tied for fourth with CSUN as of today,  they could finish between second and eighth place. Which is remarkable at this point if the season, to have that much of a gap of where they could finish.

I think the most optimistic outlook over these last four games is to go 3-1. If they do that, they will finish at 9-6 and the worst they could finish is fifth place. The best could be second . If for some reason UH goes 1-3, then they would be 7-9, and could finish as low as eighth and no higher than fifth.

It would be so much better for Hawaii’s chances in the Big West tournament, if they could finish in second or third place. Anything lower than fourth, they would get UC Irvine in the first or second round. If they finish second or third , they could possibly avoid them until the championship game. Also, we can agree that this team needs to go 3-1 to get confidence and momentum for hopefully a long March run.

One very bright spot in this team has been the development and improvement of Justin Webster. His career high of 18 vs UC Riverside last Thursday was amazing, and he had 15 vs Long Beach State as well. What a future he has. He can be a difference maker with his outside shooting to help Eddie Stansberry get some room to shoot.

One more thing: Last week, I told you about the lemon-flavored Kit Kat bar that I got in Las Vegas. I was told it’d be the best candy bar I ever had. Good job, sales guy. I bought them and they were pretty good. Not the best ever, but good.

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