By Brian McInnis
So it's come to this. If the Hawaii men's basketball team wants to entertain thoughts of any postseason at this point (and we're talking the CIT, too) the Rainbow Warriors basically must run the table in the WAC tournament this week in Las Vegas.
There might be an off chance to qualify for Riley Wallace's pay-for-play tournament if UH gets to the WAC final, but a five-game losing streak has put a serious damper on that kind of optimism.
Getting past the first opponent, Idaho, will be a monumental task unto itself. Consider that the Vandals spanked the 'Bows by 19 in Honolulu on Thursday, and Don Verlin's team is riding some serious momentum (wins in last seven of eight) going into the tourney.
Then there's UH's own issues of fatigue and desire at this late stage. We saw the 'Bows play with more heart against USU on senior night, but late-game execution was average at best and the Aggies made UH pay.
And yet, if all three of its top three scorers (Vander Joaquim, Zane Johnson, and Joston Thomas) come to play at the same time — granted, this hasn't happened since the first half of WAC — they have the capacity to be one of the better teams in the league. Getting one win means UH won't have a losing season overall.
They've been written off by many. Championed by few. But maybe, just maybe, the roll of the die will go UH's way for a day or two in the City of Sin.