At present, we are 17-5. Barring injury, and looking ahead with great optimism, I expect the team to finish no worse than 6-2 the rest of the regular season, which would give us a 23-7 record and good enough for an NCAA invitation. I would not be surprised if we went 7-1 or 8-0.
Of course to finish 8-0, it means we have to beat SMU twice, Cincy at home, Memphis and Temple on the road…a daunting task. But if the cards fall in the right place, a 24-6 or 25-5 regular season record would be the best since Pat Foster and reminiscent of the Guy Lewis era.
Entering into the post-season, if we were to go 3-0 or 2-1 in the AAC tournament with a couple of wins in the NCAA, then we’re looking at an outside possibility of finishing the season with 27-30 wins. The last time a UH basketball team won 27 games was (drum roll please)…Phi Slamma Jamma.
That would be a remarkable outcome. It took Tom Penders six years to get us into the NCAA tournament and Kelvin Sampson would have done it in four years. Also, in Sampson’s sixth year at OU, guess what…he won 27 games.
We are fortunate to have Kelvin Sampson as our HC because I believe he would have been seriously considered as the Houston Rockets HC instead of J.B. Bickerstaff after Kevin McHale was fired. We have an NBA caliber HC to lead the program.
Thank goodness for timing.