NCAAB Houston Cougars

General Information

Conference: Big 12 (2023-)

NCAA Division: Division I

City: Houston, Texas

Stadium: Ferttita Center


  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 8
  • Conference Regular Season Titles: 10
  • NCAA Tournaments:

Past Conferences:

  • American Athletic Conference (AAC)
  • Conference USA (C-USA)
  • Southwest Conference (SWC)
  • Independent
  • Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)

Houston Cougars Standings & Analysis

If you’re an avid college sports fan, you’ll undoubtedly want to stay up-to-date with the latest news and standings for your favorite teams. For many fans, the Houston Courgars is a perennial powerhouse in college sports, and as such, keeping track of the latest developments with this team is of utmost importance.

All-Time Houston Cougars Tide Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Elvin Hayes: 2,884
  • Otis Birdsong: 2,832
  • Michael Young: 2,043


  • Elvin Hayes: 1,602
  • Akeem Olajuwon: 1,067
  • Greg Anderson: 1,045


  • Reid Gettys: 740
  • Derrick Daniels: 711
  • Galen Robinson: 578

Overview of the Houston Cougars Standings

Last-Season Standings

The Houston Cougars standings were impressive for the 2021-2022 college basketball season, finishing with a 29-5 overall record and a 16-2 record in conference play. They were ranked among the top NCAAB teams in the country for much of the season, peaking at number three in the AP poll and number two in the Coaches poll.

Led by head coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars had a stifling defense that held opponents to an average of just 59.2 points per game, good for third-best in the nation. Their offense was no slouch either, scoring an average of 76.7 points per game.

One of the keys to Houston’s success was their depth. They had several basketball players who could step up and make plays when needed. One of the top players was guard Marcus Sasser, who averaged 15.3 points per game and was a threat from beyond the arc, shooting 35.7% from three-point range. Forward Fabian White Jr. was another standout player, averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

The Cougars went on to win the AAC tournament, defeating Cincinnati in the championship game. They earned a number two seed in the March Madness, where they made it all the way to the Final Four.

In the Final Four, Houston faced off against the Baylor Bears, who proved to be too much for the Cougars. Despite the loss, Houston’s impressive season and deep tournament run showed that they were a team to be reckoned with.

Before Betting on Houston, Check Out These Tips:

Check the Injury Report:

It’s important to check the injury report before placing your bet. Are any key players injured or questionable to play? If so, this could significantly impact the team’s performance and affect the outcome of the game.

Assess their Performance ATS:

In addition to their straight-up record, it’s important to look at how the Cougars have been performing against the spread. Have they been consistently covering the spread or have they been falling short? This information can give you a better idea of how they perform in relation to the betting line.

Consider the Betting Line:

it’s important to consider the betting line before making your bet. Are the Cougars favored or underdogs? How much are they favored by? Understanding the betting line can help you make a more informed decision and potentially maximize your winnings.

Look At Their Opponents

Take a look at the team they’re playing against and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. How have they been performing recently? Are there any match-ups that could potentially give the Cougars trouble?

Houston Cougars Basketball History


The University of Houston opened its men’s basketball program at the start of the 1945-46 season. The team competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) until 1950. Houston joined NCAA Division I under the Missouri Valley Conference. 

Houston initially struggled but finally posted its first winning season in 1954-55. Then the following season, the team qualified for its NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1956, Guy Lewis was promoted to the team’s head coaching position. It would be the start of his legendary 30-year tenure with the team. While his first seasons were rocky, Houston picked it up in the mid-60s. Elvin Hayes dominated and not only led the Cougars’ team stats in scoring but went on to become an NBA Champion and Hall of Famer.

Coach Lewis and Elvin Hayes: Consistent Success

Led by Hayes, the Cougars consistently qualified for the NCAA University Tournament and made consecutive Final Four appearances in 1967 and 1968. Even after his departure, Lewis had success recruiting top talent like Otis Birdsong and Michael Young.

In 1981, Clyde Drexler arrived and the following year, Akeem Olajuwon. These legends not only dominated the Houston Cougars standings with great numbers, but also ushered in the Golden Age for the university.

From 1982 to 1984, Houston came awfully close to winning the National Championship. It was the top-ranked team in the nation in 1983. Drexler and Olajuwon were voted into All-American teams, while Young was an honorable mention.

Coach Pat Foster Takes Over

By 1986, Houston’s Golden Era ended with the departure of its star players and Lewis’s retirement. Pat Foster took over and did an admirable job, with Houston making several trips to the NCAA Tournament albeit being one-and-done.

Unfortunately, the Cougars fell off after Foster’s departure in 1993. Houston never qualified for an NCAA Tournament and had just two winning seasons for a decade. Tom Penders was able to return Houston to respectability and in 2010, the Cougars ended an 18-year drought by returning to the NCAA Tournament.

Houston Cougars Basketball FAQs

Has Houston Ever Won NCAA Basketball?

The Houston Cougars have yet to win a National Championship as of the start of the 2022-23 season. They came close and finished as a runner-up in consecutive tournaments in 1983 and 1984.

How many Houston Cougars are in the NBA?

As of the 2022-23 season, Quentin Grimes is the only Houston Cougar to be in the NBA. He is the 45th Cougar to be selected in the NBA Draft.

Who is the best basketball player from Houston?

Houston has produced many great basketball players. Three are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler, and Akeem Olajuwon.
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