Honolulu, HI — The Warriors of Hawai’i went 14-16 overall, and 8-8 in Big West conference play last season. They finished off the season on a three game losing and streak and lost to the Long Beach State 49ers, 73-62, in the quarterfinals of the Big West conference tournament.
We’re barely into the second week of the 2016-17 season, but we have already seen our fair share of surprises.
Several teams have been pleasant surprises to open the year, as well.
The Michigan Wolverines rolled past both the Marquette Golden Eagles and the SMU Mustangs at the 2K Classic inside Madison Square Garden. With their big week, the Wolverines made their debut in the top 25 rankings on Monday, coming in at #20.
Another team who has been impressive to start the season is sitting at a perfect 5-0. The South Alabama Jaguars won all three games on their home court in the Red Diamond Roundball Classic over the weekend, tying the best start to a season in school history.
However, there was one team who had a better week than both the Wolverines and Jaguars, based on the number of games played in a short period of time and the level of competition.
The success for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks during the 2014-15 season was well-documented. Their 18-wins were more than they had in the previous three years combined, and they were invited to the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Their success led to an increase in optimism heading into the 2015-16 campaign, which was Bobby Collins‘ second as the head coach of the team. Forward Michael Myers, a CCR Mid-Major All-American following the 2014-15 season, was the only notable player to be gone from the roster. So, the Hawks were flying high in advance of the 2015-16 season.
What goes up, must come down.
Instead of building off of their success, the Hawks fell flat in 2015-16, struggling out of the gate and never being able to recreate the magic from the previous year. The Hawks won just once in their first 11 games, and were never able to dig themselves out of the hole they dug for themselves.