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Houston Cougars finish season 12th in Coaches' Poll
The Saxenian Family
UPDATED: April 10, 2019 -- 9:01 a.m. CDT
POSTED: April 9, 2019 -- 5:34 p.m. CDT
The Houston Cougars (33-4) end the 2018-'19 season ranked 12th in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 national poll.
Houston received 470 points to rank No. 12 in the Week 20 USA TODAY Coaches' Poll (494 points and 9th in the Week 19 poll). This marked the 16th consecutive week in which the Cougars were ranked in 2018-19.
In the Associated Press' final Top 25 poll of the season on March 18, Houston ranked 11th.
It also marked the first time since 1983-84 that the Coogs were ranked in both final national polls in consecutive seasons. A year ago, the Cougars ended the year at No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and at no. 22 in the final USA TODAY Coaches' poll.
The Saxenian Family
Coogs ranked in several 2019-'20 Way-Too-Early Top 25 Polls:
No. 12 in CBSSports.com by Jon Rothstein:
Early 19-20 Top 25:— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 9, 2019
1. Michigan St
25. Texas Tech
No. 17 in Stadium Top 25 by Jeff Goodman:
Preseason Top 25: Jeff Goodman's (@GoodmanHoops) 2019-20 College Basketball Rankings - @UHCougarMBK at 17. 'Sampson has ...'the program at a level where the Cougars can withstand key losses and remain a top-25 team.'https://t.co/6tfenhPMvQ pic.twitter.com/BFQ49EgWLj— Kris M Gardner (@TheHRReview) April 9, 2019
No. 17 in The Sporting News Top 25 by Mike DeCourcy:
No. 18 in The Athletic Top 25 by Seth Davis:
Way-too-early-Top 25 via @SethDavisHoops - @UHCougarMBK at 18. 'It won't be easy replacing Davis, but then again it wasn't supposed to be easy replacing Rob Gray, either. Houston is returning two of its top three scorers in Brooks and Jarreau.'... pic.twitter.com/h63nL2DSAv— Kris M Gardner (@TheHRReview) April 9, 2019
No. 18 in SB Nation Top 25 by Mike Rutherford:
Way-too-early-Top 25 via @CardChronicle - @UHCougarMBK at 18. '...At this point, Kelvin Sampson has earned the benefit of the doubt. Bank on the Cougars being back in the national picture.'...https://t.co/gx2YeI4xDu pic.twitter.com/ArjD83rWIe— Kris M Gardner (@TheHRReview) April 9, 2019
No. 18 in CBSSports.com Top 25 by Gary Parrish:
Way-too-early-Top 25 And 1 via @GaryParrishCBS - @UHCougarMBK at 18. 'Houston reaching a deal on a contract extension for Kelvin Sampson was a massive development for the AAC program. The Cougars will be capable of winning back-to-back league titles.'https://t.co/dUKDZxLJ4X pic.twitter.com/qkUB4Nu7Nw— Kris M Gardner (@TheHRReview) April 9, 2019
No. 20 in ESPN.com Top 25 by Jeff Borzello:
via @jeffborzello - Loaded Michigan State leads Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019-20. @UHCougarMBK at 20. 'At this point, we should give Kelvin Sampson the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is going to figure it out.'...https://t.co/iYwDmZwIoz pic.twitter.com/WILO4kct5V— Kris M Gardner (@TheHRReview) April 9, 2019
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Coogs in 2019-'20 Way-Too-Early Bracketology:
No. 2 seed in East Region in ESPN Bracketology by Joe Lunardi
NOTE: Initially, I thought Lunardi made a mistake placing 2-seed Houston in the East Regional rather than in Houston in the South Regional; however, I contacted the NCAA for clarification regarding whether or not a school can be assigned to a regional site in the same city the school is located. Here's the answer:
'If they are the host institution or play more than three games in the building, they can't be assigned to that regional.' -- University of Houston IS the host institution for the South Regional. Therefore, Coogs cannot be assigned to Toyota Center -- home of the South Regional in 2020.
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