It really felt risk-free to avert from college basketball and also concentrate on the NFL Playoffs after Purdue beat Maryland very early Sunday mid-day. The day appeared done.
Then Temple destroyed that strategy.
regardless of the Cougars closing as 19.5-point faves. Just like that, Kelvin Sampson’s program has a hideous Quadrant -3 loss on its return to. FYI: No various other group in the leading 5 of the web has actually shed a Quadrant -3 video game.
“We could never make the big play,” Sampson stated. “We needed a big shot.”
Houston in fact had numerous prospective game-winning shots in the last secs versus a Temple group that got in with an 11-9 document including losses to Wagner and alsoMaryland Eastern Shore Nothing dropped, however, which is amongst the factors the Cougars wound up shooting simply 33.9% from the area. Another awesome: Houston missed out on 10 of the 21 cost-free tosses it tried while Temple ended up 20-of-22 from the charity red stripe.
“It’s frustrating for sure,” Sampson stated. “As a team, when you start missing [free throws] like that, especially some of our younger guys, you start pressing, probably. Free throws can get mental like anything else. It’s not a fair fight when one team goes 20-for-22 and the other goes 11-for-21.”
The shocking loss triggered Houston to decrease fromNo 1 to No. 6 in Monday early morning’s upgraded CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 everyday college basketball positions, where each of the leading 5 groups– Purdue, Alabama, Kansas State, UCLA and also Texas– all have even more Quadrant-1 wins than the Cougars and also returns to including no losses beyond the very first 2 quadrants. Houston’s following video game is Wednesday at UCF. Based on the web that presently has UCF placed 56th, the competition will certainly be an unusual Quadrant-1 possibility for Houston in an American Athletic Conference that ranks as simply the ninth-best organization in the nation.