Don’t worry, Cougar fans, Kelvin Sampson is here to stay.
Both Houston and Texas Tech might’ve been trendy upset picks heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Although TCU probably anticipated playing in the NCAA Tournament at the start of the season, Raegan Pebley’s team isn’t done.
MBB Selection Sunday Roundup: Houston, Tech earn No. 2 seeds, Abilene Christian makes first NCAA Tournament
The big story from Selection Sunday from a statewide perspective was perhaps more about who got left out (TCU) as opposed to who got in to the field of 64.
MBB All-Conference Awards: Robinson, Culver nab Player of the Year and Beard, Ogden named Coach of the Year
At the beginning of the year, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver had a big weight on his shoulder taking up the scoring load for the departed Zhaire Smith.
Head coach Kelvin Sampson has the Cougars 9-0 and off to their best start since 1970.
Compared to the $400 million his company sunk into the glitzy Post Oak Hotel in Houston’s Galleria area, Landry’s magnate Tilman Fertitta is getting a relative bargain for his $20 million investment in the University of Houston’s revamped basketball arena.
Houston did not lose any starters from a squad which set program highs in 3-pointers made (247) and steals (11.1 per game) en route to a 20-12 (9-7 AAC) record and WNIT appearance. Serithia Hawkins, and All-AAC performers Jasmyne Harris and Angela Harris, are part of a team which returns 96.9 percent of its scoring.
Houston came within a last-second 3-pointer of reaching the Sweet 16. Despite the setback, the Cougars enjoyed a remarkable 2017-18, winning their first NCAA Tournament game since 1984 and finishing No 21 in the final AP poll.