Cougars climb in the rankings and ratings


All smiles for the Cougars / Photo by Mario Puente

As we expected, the Houston Cougars moved up to #5 in the AP Poll on Monday.

The Cougars improved with nearly half the AP voters and most of the computer ratings, too (see the end of this article). Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times moved UH from ninth to 3rd on his ballot. Voter Ken Weinman moved UH down two spots in order to bump Tennessee to #4 after their impressive home wins over 0-5 Saint Joe’s and 0-8 South Carolina Upstate.

All told, 58 of 64 ballots had the Cougars at 7th or better.

Bob BallouCBS Austin567612
Chris BasnettLincoln JS54645
Mark BermanRoanoke Times57888
Sam BlumDallas News33444
David BorgesConnecticut Insider778823
Rick BozichWDRB (KY)46789
Jeff Borzello ESPN (NYC)44447
Kevin BrockwayGainesville Sun (FL)546910
Lauren BrownlowWRAL (NC)54439
Joe BuettnerNorman Transcript45658
Jeff CallDeseret News (UT)567913
Jerry CarinoGannett (NJ)5571111
David CloningerThe State (SC)456811
Clayton CollierWATN (TN)5671111
James CrepeaOregonian578910
Seth DavisThe Athletic (NYC)1215181718
Luke DeCockNews & Observer (VA)789910
Donna DitotaSyracuse P-S79999
Doug DoughtyRoanoke Times396517
Jack EblingWSYM (MI)678NV13
Wayne EppsRichmond T-D (VA)556713
Marcus FullerSt. Paul PP (MN)6681414
Geoff GrammerABQ Journal (NM)46668
Adam GrosbardOrange County Register45688
Jordan HansenMissoulian (MT)33557
Steve HewittBoston Herald6791213
Brian HollandWVLA Baton Rouge66677
Bob HoltArkansas D-G6891313
Donald HuntPhilly Tribune444418
Cecil HurtTuscaloosa News9109910
David JablonskiDayton News688717
Justin JacksonMorgantown DP666915
Ethan JoyceW-S Journal (NC)435511
Joe JulianoPhilly Inquirer5671012
Lauren KirschmanNews Tribune (WA)78101113
Paul KleeDenver Gazette666NV6
Zach KleinWSB (Atlanta)44678
Chad LeistikowDM Register (IA)566510
Dave MatterSt. Louis P-D767711
Kevin McNamaraProvidence Journal88101313
Stephen MeansCleveland.com44101015
Craig MeyerPittsburgh P-G44569
Sheldon MicklesBR Advocate (LA)5571114
Chris MurrayNevada Sports Net457610
Matt MurschelOrlando Sentinel546716
Jesse NewellKC Star897610
Bruce PascoeArizona D-S89998
Dave PrestonWTOP Radio (DC)7891218
Troy Provost-HeronKnoxville DT66788
Jeff Rabjohns247 Sports (IN)55669
BJ RainsIdaho P-T45688
Scott RicheyNews Gazette (IL)44447
Jon RothsteinCBS Sports (NYC)446713
Shannon RyanChicago Tribune7781112
Ben SteeleMilwaukee JS54669
Nick SussClarion Ledger (MS)568711
Edgar ThompsonOrlando Sentinel44977
Stephen TsaiHonolulu Advertiser78NVNVNV
Dick VitaleESPN (FL)778912
Josh VitaleMont Advertiser (AL)6891011
Ken Weinman105.7 The Fan (MD)646915
John WernerWaco T-H546713
Scott WolfLA Daily News6791111
Jon WilnerSan Jose MN813141312
Point Total:1313127211691090949
Total Voters6464626163
Final Ranking:566710

UH moved up to 5th in the USA Today Coaches Poll as well. And in Tuesday’s Joe Lunardi Bracketology, the Cougars moved to the top of the two-seeds. One more move up and UH will be projected as a one-seed. Whoa!

Next week, the first iteration of the NCAA NET will be released and I expect the Cougars to be in the top 5 there, as well. The NET loves wins by 10 or more points and, through seven games, the Coogs have won six by 10+ points and another by nine points.

Houston inched up in the computer ratings and is now top-10 in all major rating systems including 3rd in the Massey Composite.

Ranking System12/2912/2112/1412/711/30
ESPN BPI:810111312
Massey Composite:33536


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