“You don’t get many chances to play a top-10 opponent,” said UH guard Rob Gray, the AAC’s leading scorer at 18.7 points per game. “It’s another chance for us to get a notch under our belt for Selection Sunday. We’re highly focused on making the NCAA Tournament.”
If the season ended today, the Cougars would make the 68-team field for just the second time since 1992. Four prominent national websites project UH (16-4) anywhere from a No. 9 to No. 11 seed and, perhaps more importantly, avoiding one of the play-in “First Four” games.