Hawaii will be operating without shooting guard Leland Green for the second straight game today, when the Rainbow Warriors take on the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Green, who has a lingering illness, is not dressed to play. Expect Sheriff Drammeh to start in his stead.
Losing Green tonight is unfortunate for UH (11-11, 5-4 Big West), which has counted on his 3-point shooting in conference play. And Cal Poly (7-16, 2-7) is an abysmal defensive team at covering the 3 — it yields 39 percent shooting to opponents on the season.
Cal Poly is without starting forward Luke Meikle, who recently went down with an injury. The Mustangs also lost athletic forward Josh Martin to a season-ending foot injury in November.
UH will have to do a good job of finding shooters tonight; Cal Poly rarely turns it over and loves popping the 3-ball. Ridge Shipley, Kyle Toth and Victor Joseph are all capable marksmen. Joseph in particular is a tough cover; he’s scored 20-plus in four straight games.
Noah Allen, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, will look to maintain his recent scoring tear. If he somehow manages to top 30 points again tonight, he’ll be just the eighth Bow to record four such career games.
UH has won the last three in the series. Cal Poly’s last win was in the 2014-15 conference opener at the Stan Sheriff Center, in which Reese Morgan hit the 3-game winning 3 and free throws in overtime, 61-57.