By Brian McInnis
This is all moot if the Rainbow Warriors can't take care of business on Saturday against San Francisco, but the future is a little clearer for UH in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament should it advance to the third round (of eight teams remaining).
CIT selection committee chairman Riley Wallace, the former UH coach, said that should UH beat USF, the Rainbows' next opponent would be the winner of the Santa Clara-Air Force game played tomorrow (Friday). UH would go on the road to play at either of those teams because there is a conflict at the Stan Sheriff Center on Tuesday, when the next game would be played. An annual robotics convention will be in the SSC, and I'm told that isn't something that can be broken down or set back up in a matter of hours.
A UH-Santa Clara or Air Force game would be in the quarterfinals, but there still isn't a bracket set up in the third-year CIT. Something I didn't realize in today's article: Even with four teams assigned second-round byes, the tourney organizers can swap teams around in each round based on region, so an opponent beyond Tuesday would be difficult to predict.
Wallace said the Boston-based owners of the CIT were impressed with Hawaii's showing and energetic crowd (of about 4,300) in a win over Portland on Tuesday.
"They were very pleased, and were all talking about the fans and how they really turned out and were excited about it," Wallace said. "I said, 'Wait until you see the next one,' because I think you'll have more people there on Saturday."
Wallace said UH was among the leaders of CIT game hosts in attendance.
From the CIT website, here are the upcoming games laid out. Times are Eastern.
SECOND ROUND (March 18-19)
Air Force (16-15) @ Santa Clara (20-14) 10:00 p.m.
Buffalo (19-13) @ Western Michigan (21-12) 2:00 p.m.
Jacksonville (20-11) @ SMU (18-14) 3:00 p.m.
San Francisco (18-14) @ Hawaii (19-12) 1:00 a.m.
QUARTERFINALS (March 21-22)
Northern Iowa (20-13) vs. Jacksonville (20-11) or SMU (18-14)
East Tennessee State (23-11) vs. Ohio (19-15)
Iona (23-11) vs. Buffalo (19-13) or Western Michigan (21-12)
Air Force (16-15) or Santa Clara (20-14) vs. San Francisco (18-14) or Hawaii (19-12)