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Houston Cougars 10th in Coaches' Poll; 11th in AP Poll; 4th in NCAA's NET Rankings
POSTED: March 11, 2019 -- 12:15 p.m. CDT
The Houston Cougars (29-2) finished the regular season with a 90-79 home win over the SMU Mustangs and an 85-69 road win over the Cincinnati Bearcats. The two wins capped a 16-2 record in the American Athletic Conference and earned Houston the outright AAC regular season championship. The wins helped Houston move up 2 spots to 10th in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 and up 1 spot to 11th in the Associated Press Top 25 national polls. Both polls were announced Monday. In addition to those polls, Houston moved up to 4th in the NCAA's latest NET rankings.
Houston received 496 points to rank No. 10 in the Week 18 USA TODAY Coaches' Poll (444 points and 12th in the Week 17 poll). Houston received 963 points to rank 11th in the Week 19 Associated Press Top 25 Poll (12th last week with 895 points in the Week 18 poll).
As of the games played through March 10th Houston is ranked 4th in the NCAA's NET Rankings. The NET rankings replaced RPI as the primary sorting tool for evaluating teams.
The system relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and qualities of wins and losses.
It was approved in July after consultation with the Division I Men's Basketball committee, National Association of Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics and Google Cloud Professional Services.
The Coogs' next game is Friday, March 15, vs the winner of the first round AAC match-up between 8-seed USF and 9-seed UConn, at 11 a.m., on ESPN2.
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