Bob Nash isn’t one to make excuses. And I think we can all agree that tonight’s 67-51 basketball loss to Utah State was ugly. You can’t win making just four buckets in the first half, especially while your opponent is tough and efficient. Rod Flemings missed nearly the first five minutes of the game, benched for being late to a team meeting. The Rainbows fought back in the second half, but got pounded on the boards, 38-28, for the game, and that didn’t help either. They were outplayed and outhustled by a good team.
But Nash does have a point that it didn’t help that the WAC scheduled UH to play at the road against Nevada and then here in Hawaii in less than 48 hours. That would be brutal even if the Wolf Pack and Aggies were among the WAC’s bottom-feeders … but they’re among the league’s best, and Utah State is now 19-1.
Nash hasn’t completely cooled off after criticizing the WAC during the league teleconference Monday.
“It’s suicidal to think we can play against teams like this back-to-back, to have to go to Nevada and back to Hawaii to play again (in the space of two days). It’s not like they’re sitting in first class,” Nash said after tonight’s loss. “They’re laying around in airports trying to rest and not eating right.
“The WAC says they’re trying to make everything fair. I don’t see them doing this as fair.”
–By Dave Reardon