On 94.1 at 12:15
It didn’t quite wake up the echoes of Phi Slama Jama, but it was quite a night Thursday for the University of Houston basketball program. The Cougars taking down the 5th ranked team in the nation beating Cincinnati 67-62 doesn’t quite clinch an NCAA Tournament bid for UH, but the Coogs should feel free to order their dancing shoes. It will be just their second Big Dance appearance in the last quarter century.
Texas Southern’s Health and Physical Education Arena has served the Cougars well as a temporary home this season (and it’s a good thing because there’s a strong possibility the new Fertitta Center won’t be ready for the start of next season). UH is now 13-0 there. The joint wasn’t quite two-thirds full for Cincinnati, but the joint was jumpin’. Frankly the atmosphere was better than that at Toyota Center for most Rockets’ games—which is ridiculous given the Rockets’ magnificence this season, but whatever.
UH gets its 20th win of the season and has achieved something that even the final Phi Slamma Jamma team (1983-84) did not: beat 2 teams ranked 7th or higher in the national rankings. The win was the Cougars’ first over a Top 5 team since 1996.
Kelvin Sampson is simply an outstanding coach. His undersized team does the signature thing that most Sampson teams have done, reeeeally sink their teeth in on defense. Cincy is no offensive powerhouse, but the UH D absolutely suffocated the Bearcats who made one field goal over a 12 minute stretch in the second half.
Here’s the broadcast
During today’s show, Charlie Pallilo was joined by University of Houston head men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson following his team’s nail biting win over the 5th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. This victory builds on top of an already impressive season for the Houston Cougars as they steam roll towards the NCAA tournament with a 20-5 record, and looking to make a major splash.
Good stuff…Go coogs…
94.1? We sure have a lot of sports stations
And most of it is not very good. All competition did was bring in less talented hosts.
I’ve heard the same. It was already questionable on whether they’d finish before next season and the Hurricane didn’t help matters.
My guess is we may start next season on the road to try to give them time.