No.7 Houston vs No.10 Butler
Moving Up: Houston Cougars (↑ Nine Spots)
21-5, RPI: 19, KP: 19, SOS: 83
As previously mentioned, Houston was one of the biggest winners this past week thanks to a win over an AP Top 10 team. The Cougars knocked off Cincinnati at home, despite a disappointing showing from Rob Gray Jr.—13 points on 13 shots with four turnovers.
Following that marquee victory up with a 21-point road shellacking of Temple was just the cherry on the sundae.
The Cougars do still have that horrible neutral-court loss to Drexel from back in mid-November, as well as the bad road loss to Tulane one month ago. That keeps them from getting a top-20 seed despite ranking top-20 in both RPI and KenPom. But as long as they avoid disaster in these final two weeks, they’re going to get their best NCAA tournament seed since reaching the national championship in 1984.