UH could get its 99th win in the last three calendar years

Houston Women’s Basketball debuts in the Big 12 this afternoon at home vs. Texas Tech while the men’s team ends their non-conference schedule tonight vs. Penn. UH looks to enter the new year undefeated for the second time since 1967 (2018).

On this day in 2017, Breaon Brady had 21 points and nine rebounds in a 76-73 win over Temple at H&PE Arena. Galen Robinson had three assists and four rebounds.

Speaking of Galen, he’ll announce the winner of the Houston vs Everybody hoodie contest on the Cougar After Thoughts Show (CATS!) following the game.

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2021, 2022, 2023. A win over the Quakers would give UH 13 in non-conference, tied for the most in school history (in years UH has competed in a conference). It would be UH’s 32nd in in calendar year 2023, following 35 wins in 2022 and 32 in 2021.

That would be 99 wins from 2021-2023 and would move the Coogs to 99-13 (88.4%) in that span. No three-year stretch in school history accounts for more wins; only 1966-1968 has a better win percentage (84-8 – 91.3%).

Regarding the NCAA Tournament, 2021-23 is tied for second all-time with the 1966-68 teams with nine wins (Phi Slama Jama had 12 Tournament wins – 1982-94). When including all post-season wins, which includes conference tournaments, 2021-23 is tied with PSJ with 17 wins (the SWC Classic’s format gave the top two seeds byes into the semifinals, and they only needed two wins for a tournament title. In the AAC, the top four seeds received byes into the quarterfinals and needed three wins for a championship).
 

Funny J’Wan. More from The GoCoogs Interview with J’Wan Roberts. I asked him about his reputation for being the funny one, and he answered more compellingly than I expected. You should watch:


 

Quaking. In his Penn scouting report, Jayme Hollingsworth pointed out that four Quaker starters are lefties. That’s a wrinkle you don’t see very often. UH needs to get the offense “unstuck,” and a middling Penn defense should help. Penn shoots a ton from the outside, so rebounding away from the basket will be vital.

Here are Jayme’s top two players to watch:

#0- Clark Slajchert- 6’1” Sr.- 19ppg, 3rpg, 36/83 3PT, 43% 3PT%.

  • Elite shooter (Catch and shoot or off the dribble). (36-83 3PT, 43%)
  • Capable three-level scorer (prefers the three and can make it from DEEP).
  • Does a good job driving to the basket. Crafty finisher at the rim. Excellent floater in the paint.
  • Doesn’t need much room to get his shot off. (“Poor Man’s JJ Redick” in his Duke days)
  • Ranked #53 in the NCAA in scoring at 19ppg.

#13- Nick Spinoso- 6’9” Jr.- 10ppg, 8rpg, 4apg.

  • LEFTY
  • Big body post player. Sneaky athletic.
  • Very patient in the post. He loves to catch in the mid-post and back guys down. Good at drawing fouls but a poor free-throw shooter (51% FT%).
  • Sets a ton of off-ball screens to open up shooters. Solid in the Pick and Roll.
  • Excellent passer out of the post (Leads the team in assists at 4 per game). If it’s one-on-one, he looks to score. If double-teamed, he looks to pass to the open shooter. If he catches outside of the three-point line, he is looking for guys cutting to the basket or dribble hand-offs.
  • Not an outside shooting threat (0/4 3PT on the season).

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Jayme Hollingsworth’s Penn scouting report

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