By Brian McInnis
It's nothing to get too alarmed about — yet — but Hawaii backup point guard Quincy Smith will get an MRI on his back on Tuesday, UH coach Gib Arnold told the Star-Advertiser's Jason Kaneshiro after practice on Monday.
Smith has experienced lower back discomfort since the preseason, though he hasn't missed a game yet. He took part in most of Monday's practice, and rested near the end along with forward Isaac Fotu.
"Quincy’s going to get an MRI tomorrow, his back’s still bothering him, just to make sure we’re not missing anything," Arnold said. "But everybody’s cleared to practice, everybody’s cleared to play.
"Just nagging, just still kind of bothers him. He’s practicing, it hurts him and he’s sore, so it’s precautionary just to see if we missed anything and make sure he’s going to be OK."
Smith's averaged nine points on 50 percent shooting in 15.8 minutes per game off the bench. He's second on the team in assists behind starter Keith Shamburger.
UH takes on New Orleans (1-2) at the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, over here on Maui, it was a great first round of action on Monday. Dayton upset No. 11 Gonzaga in the nightcap, 84-79, and Chaminade guard Christophe Varidel supplied fireworks (even in a 93-77 loss) against No. 18 Baylor with 42 points and 10 3-pointers, which tied a Maui Invitational record. Check out Tuesday's paper for more on him.
Syracuse and California won the day's first two games, setting up a rematch of an NCAA Tournament round of 32 game from March.