Could the Coogs climb to 5th?

updated 9:40 a.m.

After coming off quarantine and getting back on the floor for a game, the Cougars appear strong in this week’s AP Poll. It will be a battle between UH and Villanova to see who takes over the 5th spot, which will be vacated after Michigan State’s bad loss Sunday night.

Through 10 ballots, UH has added 13 new points from a week ago while Villanova has added 16. UH was six points ahead of Villanova last Monday. Since then, the Wildcats have beaten Butler and St. Joe’s by 19 and 20, respectively.

Here are the early votes:

Bob BallouCBS Austin67612
Chris BasnettLincoln JS4645
Mark BermanRoanoke Times7888
Sam BlumDallas News3444
David BorgesConnecticut Insider78823
Rick BozichWDRB (KY)6789
Jeff Borzello ESPN (NYC)4447
Kevin BrockwayGainesville Sun (FL)46910
Lauren BrownlowWRAL (NC)4439
Joe BuettnerNorman Transcript5658
Jeff CallDeseret News (UT)67913
Jerry CarinoGannett (NJ)571111
David CloningerThe State (SC)56811
Clayton CollierWATN (TN)671111
James CrepeaOregonian78910
Seth DavisThe Athletic (NYC)15181718
Luke DeCockNews & Observer (VA)89910
Donna DitotaSyracuse P-S9999
Doug DoughtyRoanoke Times96517
Jack EblingWSYM (MI)78NV13
Wayne EppsRichmond T-D (VA)56713
Marcus FullerSt. Paul PP (MN)681414
Geoff GrammerABQ Journal (NM)6668
Adam GrosbardOrange County Register5688
Jordan HansenMissoulian (MT)3557
Steve HewittBoston Herald791213
Brian HollandWVLA Baton Rouge6677
Bob HoltArkansas D-G891313
Donald HuntPhilly Tribune44418
Cecil HurtTuscaloosa News109910
David JablonskiDayton News88717
Justin JacksonMorgantown DP66915
Ethan JoyceW-S Journal (NC)35511
Joe JulianoPhilly Inquirer671012
Lauren KirschmanNews Tribune (WA)8101113
Paul KleeDenver Gazette66NV6
Zach KleinWSB (Atlanta)4678
Chad LeistikowDM Register (IA)66510
Dave MatterSt. Louis P-D67711
Kevin McNamaraProvidence Journal8101313
Stephen MeansCleveland.com4101015
Craig MeyerPittsburgh P-G4569
Sheldon MicklesBR Advocate (LA)571114
Chris MurrayNevada Sports Net57610
Matt MurschelOrlando Sentinel46716
Jesse NewellKC Star97610
Bruce PascoeArizona D-S9998
Dave PrestonWTOP Radio (DC)891218
Troy Provost-HeronKnoxville DT6788
Jeff Rabjohns247 Sports (IN)5669
BJ RainsIdaho P-T5688
Scott RicheyNews Gazette (IL)4447
Jon RothsteinCBS Sports (NYC)46713
Shannon RyanChicago Tribune781112
Ben SteeleMilwaukee JS4669
Nick SussClarion Ledger (MS)68711
Edgar ThompsonOrlando Sentinel4977
Stephen TsaiHonolulu Advertiser8NVNVNV
Dick VitaleESPN (FL)78912
Josh VitaleMont Advertiser (AL)891011
Ken Weinman105.7 The Fan (MD)46915
John WernerWaco T-H46713
Scott WolfLA Daily News791111
Jon WilnerSan Jose MN13141312
Point Total:127211691090949
Total Voters64626163
Final Ranking:66710

The Cougars are holding strong with the computers. As other schools have added more data points, you’d expect UH to slide a good bit while inactive. There’s been some falling but not as bad as I expected:

Ranking System12/2112/1412/711/30
ESPN BPI:10111312
Massey Composite:3536


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