Head coach Kelvin Sampson has the Cougars 9-0 and off to their best start since 1970.
Part of me wanted to include Texas' recent losses to Radford and VCU after notching a big win over North Carolina in this, but I feel like the Longhorns are the topic of conversation too much and it's best just to let the ebbs and flows go for the next few weeks, or at least until Big XII play starts.
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.
After two decades of missing March Madness, TCU broke through to reach the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team. The Horned Frogs were one-and-done, losing in the first round to Syracuse. The school has made back-to-back NCAAs just once in school history and that is in the early 1950s.
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.