Now Ranked #2, Houston Returns To Practice


Houston returned to practice on Tuesday following the win in Oregon on Sunday night. Several players said the team’s focus was the rebounding issues going against the tall Ducks frontcourt as well as “the little things,” including consistency after a good performance.

Afterward, Kelvin Sampson, Marcus Sasser, and Terrance Arceneaux spoke with the media. Sampson was focused on the team’s pace in Oregon and having to constantly face a half-court defense. Houston is 352nd in adjusted tempo, according to KenPom.

Houston has been below 300 in adjusted tempo for the past four seasons.

Sampson also discussed the difficulty of being consistent as well as never having a bad effort night:

Terrance Arceneaux provided a spark off the bench in Eugene – not just with his scoring but his defense. The first two of his three steals resulted in buckets for the Coogs.

Arceneaux took some ribbing from the Oregon students but that ended quickly.

Marcus Sasser spoke about the experience of playing in Oregon and the value of it for younger players. He also talked about the team’s ranking and how the team deals with it.

Starting point guard Jamal Shead missed practice with an illness.

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