Beyond The Box Score: ECU Game

Caleb Mills driving from the right / Photo by Mario Puente


 
It’s hard to contextualize the game we saw last night. The Cougars led for over 80% of the game and it was really never in doubt. But still, it was a strange one.
 

Flipped: Besides Grimes and Harris, the team shot 3/17 (.176) in the first half but the entire team was solid from the FT line (12/15).

Besides Grimes, the team shot 12/27 (.444) from the floor in the second half but just 5/13 (.384) from the line. In that half, Hinton missed both of his FT attempts, Jarreau went 5/9, and White and Mills both missed their only attempt.

The Coogs were 2/10 from three-point range in the second half and were outrebounded by 10 (28-18).

Maybe the problem is focus, maybe its the travel, and maybe it’s’ that they are in the dog days of conference play. I suspect they’ll be dialed-in Saturday evening at Fifth Third Arena.
 

Streaking:The Cougars have won 9-straight against ECU but last night was the closest of the last 7 meetings.
 

Identical: The Cougars went 7-1 in January – the same record they had in December.
 

Hold ‘Em Low: ECU was the 69th time a Kelvin Sampson team has allowed under 60 points at UH. The Coogs are 64-5 in those games (.928). After holding the Pirates to 32.8%, Houston is 45-1 under Sampson when a team shoots under 35% (.978).
 

Scheduling: Thanks to private flights, the Cougars flew home from ECU last night and will practice today around 3 p.m. Then it’s back on a bus to the airport Friday morning at 10:15.

The Cougars have left on road trips at 10:15 the day before a game through most of the year. Whereas most football coaches try to get to a visiting city 24 hours before kickoff, Sampson prefers to keep his travel day more standardized. There’s some logic to that.
 

3 D: Remember earlier this year when Rice shot 42% from three or when Oregon shot 48%? Boy, those were the days.

USF hit less than 19% (3/16) on Sunday and ECU just shot 17.4% (4/23) Wednesday night. That’s the lowest 3-pt shooting game against UH since Memphis went an identical 4/23 in the AAC Tournament last year.

In this 5-game winning streak, each opponent has been under 28% from three. Combined, they’ve shot 24/105 (.229) from beyond.

In the first 16 games of the season, UH held an opponent to 25% or less from 3-pt just four times. Now, it’s happened in four of the last 5 games.
 

You’re Missing Out!

Sorry! 2/3 of this content is only available for GoCoogs subscribers

But right now is the best time to subscribe. You can become a member for 50% off. Members: sign in

Get 50% Off For Hoops & Hardball

Take 50% off a GoCoogs subscription today! We’re in the heart of another great basketball season and baseball is about to get under way.

Get the most UH coverage when you subscribe to GoCoogs.com. Now just $44.99 for an entire year – that’s 50% off! Become a member today!

GoCoogs goes in-depth about UH teams better and more often than anyone else.

We also help fans rediscover teams and games from the Glory Days of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Help us research, document, and relive UH history – the great teams, players, and coaches.

Help support our mission of keeping Cougar history alive – become a GoCoogs member today.

*Not valid with any other discount. Annual memberships only.