By Brian McInnis
Hawaii isn't the only Western Athletic Conference team to get off to a good start. Overall, WAC teams are 14-6 as of Thursday morning. Granted, some of the games were against non-Division I competition.
Here's the breakdown, with UH topping the nonconference standings at 3-0.
Hawaii: 3-0. Wins — Montana State (77-59), Cal State Fullerton (84-70), Central Michigan (65-62)
New Mexico State: 2-0. Wins — Louisiana Lafayette (92-76), West New Mexico (95-62)
San Jose State: 2-0. Wins — at Eastern Washington (67-60), San Francisco (74-64)
Boise State: 1-0. Wins — Western State (78-52)
Louisiana Tech: 2-1. Wins — Austin (90-58), Houston (60-54). Losses — at Texas (89-58)
Fresno State: 1-1. Wins — Vanguard (74-42). Losses — BYU (83-56)
Idaho: 1-1. Wins — Eastern Oregon (86-74). Losses — Washington State (88-71)
Utah State: 1-1. Wins — Weber State (77-65). Losses — BYU (78-72)
Nevada: 1-2. Wins — Montana (81-66). Losses — Pacific (64-53), Pepperdine (76-75)
Busy day for coach Gib Arnold today. He had to fly to Maui for a day trip to promote UH's stand-alone nonconference game against Chicago State at the Lahaina Civic Center on Dec. 17.
Then it was back to Oahu for more preparations on tomorrow's opponent, Central Arkansas. The Bears (1-1), led by new coach Corliss Williamson, arrived Wednesday night, and were set for a full practice tonight.
Tip-off for tomorrow's game is set for 7:30, though that could change depending on what time the Rainbow Wahine basketball season opener vs. Cal State Northridge (5 p.m. scheduled tip-off) finishes. FYI: If you have tickets to the UH men's game, you can get in to the Wahine game for free.