2. Kelvin Sampson has Houston on a mission
It’s not just that the Cougars are winning; it’s the way that they’re winning.
In Houston’s last two victories over Cincinnati and Temple, it out rebounded its opponents by 40 and grabbed 28 offensive rebounds. The only synonym that should be associated with that type of discrepancy on the glass is relentless.
Sampson has coached the Cougars to back-to-back third place finishes in the American Conference, but this squad’s win over Cincinnati last week cemented it as an NCAA Tournament team for the first time under his watch.
Can Houston when it gets there?
It has the requisites.
In addition to beating the Bearcats, the Cougars have also beaten three other teams that are projected to be in the NCAA Tournament in Arkansas, Providence, and Wichita State — all three of those victories came by double-figures.
The Cougars have a star in Rob Gray, an interior scorer in former Indiana forward Devin Davis, and a long range sniper in JUCO import Corey Davis, who’s made a combined 10 three-point shots in his last two games. Add a low turnover point guard in Galen Robinson and you’ve got the makings of a team that could be under seeded in the Round of 64.
Houston is 21-5 overall entering Thursday’s game at Memphis.