Game 29: Idaho (16-12, 7-5) at Hawai`i (15-13, 6-6)
When: March 1, 2012 (9 p.m. PT) Where: Honolulu, Hawai`i (Stan Sheriff Center) Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra Television: OCSports Online Video: www.OCsports.tv Live Stats: www.HawaiiAthletics.com
A Look at the Rainbow Warriors
Hawai`i enters the week at 15-13 overall and 6-6 in the WAC. UH has lost its last three games overall, but has won three of its last four on its home court. The Warriors are averaging 74.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting this year, while allowing 74.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting. UH outrebounds opponents by a 37.8-34.5 average this season and averages a WAC-best 15.0 assists per game. Junior center Vander Joaquim leads the team with 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game on 57.2 percent shooting. Senior guard Zane Johnson adds 14.0 points and 2.9 made 3-pointers per game. Senior guard Jeremiah Ostrowski leads the WAC with 6.7 assists per game.
Hawai`i Head Coach Gib Arnold
Gib Arnold is in his second season at Hawai`i with a 34-26 coaching record. In his first season at UH last year, he led the Rainbow Warriors to a 19-13 overall and 8-8 WAC record and a CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament bid. Before Hawai`i, he was an assistant for five seasons at USC and also has coaching stops at Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Utah Valley. He is a 1994 graduate of Brigham Young.
Vandals and Rainbow Warriors
Idaho and Hawai`i meet for the 19th time on Thursday. Idaho holds a 12-6 series lead and is 5-3 all-time on the island. Idaho won the first five meetings between Dec. 8, 1953 and Feb. 24, 1967 and holds a 7-6 series edge since the two became Western Athletic Conference foes in the 2005-06 season. Idaho took a 59-44 win on Jan. 6, 2011, the last time the Vandals visited the Stan Sheriff Center.
With 41 swats this year, senior forward Djim Bandoumel needs just one more blocked shot to break into Idaho’s single-season top-10 list. At 128 assists, senior guard Landon Tatum can crack the Idaho top-10 list in single-season assists with just two more this season. He’s also nine assists away from breaking into Idaho’s career top 10.
Deremy Geiger’s team season-high streak of made free throws came to an end on Feb. 24 at Utah State. Geiger entered the game with 20 consecutive makes and sank his first three in the game to extend the streak to 23 before a miss at the 10:57 mark of the second half. Geiger’s streak spanned 11 games over a span of more than one month. Idaho’s school record is 26 straight made FTs, first by Gary Simmons in 1956 and matched by Jeff Ledbetter last season. Coincedentally, Ledbetter’s streak also ended against Utah State.
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