by Joe Perry
Usually, our weekly tough decision comes down to two teams. In previous weeks it has come down to Kansas vs. Purdue as well as Kansas State vs. Washington. However, this week, our tough decision rested on one team: Houston.
5-2 tier 1
2-2 tier 2
NC SOS- 258
2 bad losses
Best win at home vs. Cincinnati
Houston has been on a roll lately. In the past month, they have picked up key wins against Cincinnati and Wichita State and on the road against Temple. So, with the weak group of bubble teams this year, as well as a generally weak overall record for every team outside of the top four seeds, Houston went up. On our bracket, they jumped three seeds within a week, going from the last eleven seed, which is the last at-large team in, to the first seven seed.
So, in our Thursday meeting, as we were mulling over the bracket, we started to question if Houston should be that high up. Were we biased by how well they have done in the past month? Did they really deserve that much of a boost? After all, they lost to Drexel earlier in the season. However, in the end, the answer was yes. In a bracket where twenty teams’ resumes are all similarly flawed and throwing darts would probably be more productive than looking at the numbers, Houston’s 5-2 tier one record, as well as their 21-6 overall record, puts them above teams like Texas A&M and Oklahoma, who both have eleven losses with a week and a half left in the regular season.
It’s not impossible for Houston to fall before the tournament. In fact, it’s rather probable, as Houston’s overall record is the support beam keeping Houston at the top of the mountain of teams that make up seeds six to ten. Keep an eye on this team as we wrap up the regular season and head into the conference tournaments.