Tipoff in about 15 minutes at the Lahaina Civic Center, which had exactly three people sitting in the stands at 11:30 when they opened the doors to the public. Now it’s about two-thirds full, mostly with Zag followers. Mark Few wasn’t kidding when he said it’s a small, no-frills gym. It seats about 2,400 and makes St. Joe’s gym look palatial.
Gonzaga nearly cracked the new Top 25 polls, but finished 26th in A.P. and 28th in ESPN/USA Today. Meanwhile, Maui participant Vanderbilt made both polls and Maryland moved up to 21st and 22nd, respectively.
In the 10 o’clock hour, CU was on the floor shooting for a good 20 minutes before GU arrived. It’ll be interesting to monitor the team’s perimeter accuracy with an unusual backdrop (one end has a 50-foot Hawaiian mural; the other has a string of banners and advertising signs.) When the Buffaloes were warming up, GU’s first three players to step onto the floor were 7-5 Will Foster, 7-0 Rob Sacre and 6-11 Andy Poling, probably just a coincidence but it underscored the size differential. That’s probably GU’s biggest priority in terms of executing its game plan.
Check back later for the game story.