How Good? The Win Over Temple Was Huge

Caleb Mills / photo by Mario Puente

This was a very good win for the Cougars.

How good? Houston jumped to 36 (from 43) in the NCAA NET after the win. 36 is UH’s season-best.

How good? Bart Torvik’s excellent college hoops analytics site says it was UH’s best adjusted offensive efficiency (ADJOE) game of the year.

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How good? UH is #8 nationally in ADJOE and this was their best game of the year by a large margin.

How good? You have to go back to March 9, 2018, to find a better ‘ADJOE’ game (57 games). It was UCF in the AAC Tourney. The Cougars have won 48 games in that span and haven’t produced a better game in this regard.

How good? UH had 54 rebounds in the game – Houston’s most since the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season (UH had 51 boards against Georgia State that night). The Coogs have 99 boards in the two AAC games.

How good? With the 54-32 rebounding edge, UH climbed to #1 nationally in rebounding margin (11.9).

How good? The best rebounding team in the country had their best rebounding night of the year.

How good? The Cougars also jumped to #1 in offensive rebounds per game (15.4 per game) after 23 offensive boards vs. Temple.

How good? It was the most total rebounds for UH since the Morgan State game in November 2014.

How good? It was the most rebounds nationally to start 2020.

Other News & Notes

It was a game of runs: UH went up by 15 with 22 seconds to play in the first half. But over the next 3+ minutes of gametime, Temple went on a 15-2 to erase the cushion. After Houston bumped the lead back to 6, the Owls went on another run – this one 12-4 – to go up by two. The Cougars then went on a 14-4 run to take the lead for good.

Nate Hinton and Chris Harris both had a double-double – it was Hinton’s second-straight. Against Tulsa Saturday, he could become the first Cougar since 2014 to grab 10 boards in three-straight games (Devonta Pollard in December 2014).

Hinton has 7 games of double-digit rebounds and 12 games with eight or more boards.

The Cougars have won 10 of 11 and are the first AAC team to go 2-0 in the conference.

The Coogs are now 26-3 in their last 29 regular-season AAC games.

Tuesday was the fourth-straight game the Cougars have fouled an opponent out. Only three Cougars have fouled out this season – the last was against OkSt on 12/15.

The Coogs committed 7 turnovers – just the third time this season UH has had under 10. All three games were wins and the last two (UW, Temple) were games of 7 turnovers each … and both were Q1 wins in the NET.

The 20 assists were the second-most of the year (HBU, 21).

With the win, UH:
– moves up 7 spots in the NET.
– slipped a spot to 26 in KenPom.
– jumped up two to 29 in ESPN’s BPI.
– sits at 37 in strength of record.

KenPom has numbers that show no team gets their shots blocked less than UH (just 4.6% of the time). In addition, the Coogs are #8 in the country in percentage of shots blocked (16.2%). The only other team in the top 10 in both stats: Washington, who UH beat on Christmas day.


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