By The Numbers: The Next 4 Games Are Pivotal

Nate Hinton’s career night vs. UCF / Photo by Mario Puente

The next 4 games have the potential to put the Cougars on the national map this season.

Q1: at Temple (56 in the NET)
Q2: at Tulsa (104)
Q2: SMU (65)
Q1: at Wichita State (9)

At the moment, there are six Q1 games on the remaining schedule with two of them happening in the next 11 days.

This four-game stretch is the second-toughest of the season for the Cougars. The last four regular-season games (@Memphis, Cincinnati, @UConn, Memphis) are slightly tougher if judged by today’s NET rankings.

UH has beaten just one team rated higher than Temple: Washington. The Huskies are #45 in the NET but taking down the Owls on their home floor would be a bigger win.

The Cougars are playing their best basketball of the season, by far, having won 9 of the last 10. UH’s current win streak is 5 games and they’ve won those by an average of 15 ppg.

Plus, there’s some extra motivation to beat Temple: the Owls snapped UH’s 15-game winning streak last season. Temple won that game at the line, making 25 of 28 while the Coogs were just 11/17.

According to BetOnline Sports Book, the Coogs are 2.5-point favorites. Caleb Mills is expected to play after leaving the UCF game early with injury.

 

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