By Brian McInnis
That's 26, count 'em, 26 combined Western Athletic Conference road losses for the Hawaii men's and women's basketball teams.
First-year men's coach Gib Arnold and second-year coach Dana Takahara-Dias are still looking for their first league road breakthroughs. The programs' last WAC road wins came under Bob Nash and Jim Bolla in 2008-09.
Perhaps a positive sign for the Rainbow Warriors: After trailing by 30 at New Mexico State, the second unit (featuring UH's three freshmen) trimmed the gap to the final margin of 18 in the 82-64 loss.
At this point, when it's becoming apparent that UH will again be fighting to stay out of last place for the rest of the WAC season, you look for whatever positives you can find.
That's why tomorrow's game at eighth-place Louisiana Tech (9-9, 0-4 WAC) looms large. Every win is huge when you're trying to stay out of the basement, especially when you can gain an edge tiebreaker-wise on one of the teams you're going to be nervously eyeballing the standings for the rest of the way.
Three wins wasn't enough to save UH from missing out on the WAC tourney last year, so getting one at LaTech is critical.
The 24-point beating the Rainbow Wahine suffered at Idaho, meanwhile, is disappointing coming off a closely contested home loss to Louisiana Tech, one of the top teams in the women's WAC.
Idaho, probably a middle-of-the-pack team, outplayed the Wahine (6-10, 0-3 WAC) in all phases except rebounding in a 72-48 decision at the Cowan Spectrum in Moscow. Not exactly the way you want to start off a stretch of five straight road games.
The Wahine continue that brutal road stretch at Boise State (10-7, 1-2) tomorrow, then return home for a two-day respite before taking to the road again.