The nonconference season comes to a close tonight when Hawaii takes on Delaware State at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH (5-7) can go into Big West play with a winning streak (of two) if it can knock off the visiting Hornets (3-11) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, a league against which UH is 14-0 all-time. The Rainbow Warriors are favored by 13 points. Tipoff is at about 8 p.m., following Rainbow Wahine basketball.
It’s a “White-out” game, but don’t expect it to be one of the more visually impressive ones in the Sheriff. White-outs tend to look better when it’s a big crowd, and the way UH has been drawing lately (and given the opponent) the effect could look scattered amid empty green seats.
UH is expected to roll with the same starting lineup as its 60-46 win over Southern Miss on Christmas. That means Noah Allen comes off the bench again while the triple-guard lineup of Brocke Stepteau, Sheriff Drammeh and Leland Green gets first crack.
The Drew Buggs play/redshirt decision has yet to be announced, but it’ll be a surprise if he suits up today.
DSU is well traveled — this will be its 12th true road game — though it had a week off to prepare. Starting forward DeVaughn Mallory, the Hornets’ top rebounder (6.6 per game) has been left home because of a family illness.
The top threats are guard Devin Morgan and forward Kavon Waller, both of whom are lethal from 3-point range.