Hawaii vs. Air Force

Hawaii vs. Air Force

Here are a few things that we feel UH needs to focus on to win tonight's first round match-up against Air Force.

Tip off between UH and Air Force is less than 2 hours away at the Stan Sheriff Center, as the Rainbow Warriors look to take the first step in what they hope will be a CIT Championship. They'll be facing a hungry Falcons team that is playing with a chip on their shoulders after being denied a berth in the NIT, and who are ready to prove to the nation that they really did belong (although they will be very shorthanded without senior Michael Lyons, the hero of the Falcons upset victory over the New Mexico Lobos who are a 3 seed in the West Region bracket of the NCAA Tournament.)

Keys to Victory

- Inside Presence: The Lobos aren't a very good rebounding team compared to UH. They average 30.0 rpg where UH averages 38.0 rpg. UH has a tremendous size advantage in Isaac Fotu, Vander Joaquim and Davis Rozitis (although whether they play up to that size varies sometimes on a nightly basis) - Limit Turnovers: The Warriors average about 14-15 TO per game compared to the 11.4 TO per game average of the Falcons. Senior Jace Tavita will need to make that his number one priority (well that and actually attempting a shot)

- Rotation and Discipline on Defense: The Falcons shoot the ball extremely well and are capable of putting up points, especially from behind the arc where shoot 38.6%. UH will see that percentage balloon up if they don't stick to their zone and will need to be extra careful to not leave open shooters. You'd think this would go without saying, but then you probably haven't been watching them this season if you do.

- Rotation and Discipline on Defense: The Falcons shoot the ball extremely well and are capable of putting up points, especially from behind the arc where shoot 38.6%. UH will see that percentage balloon up if they don't stick to their zone and will need to be extra careful to not leave open shooters. You'd think this would go without saying, but then you probably haven't been watching them this season if you do.

- Time of Possession: If the Warriors can slow the game down and get something established in the post, it will tilt things largely in their favor.

- UH FANS! Everyone at the game needs to be on their feet. Nothing breaks a team more than being in a hostile environment and we need to make this feel like a HOME game and not a NEUTRAL site game.

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