The Houston Cougars have returned to the top of the college basketball world for the first time since the Phi Slamma Jamma Era in the 1980’s. The second-seeded Cougars held off a furious comeback by No. 12 Oregon State, winning 67-61 to advance to the national semifinals.
How Houston made the 2021 Final Four
The Cougars were the automatic representative of the American Athletic Conference, winning the league tournament by an average of over 21 points per game. Since the NCAA’s started they got past Cleveland State (87-56), Rutgers (63-60), Syracuse (62-46), and Oregon State (67-61).
When did Houston last appear in the Final Four?
1984 was the last time Houston had gotten this far, the last of three straight Final Four appearances with stars like Ralph Sampson, Clyde Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon all starring for those legendary Cougars teams under coach Guy Lewis. The program fell through the floor in the decades after, failing to win another game in the NCAA Tournament until 2017.
How many times has Houston appeared in the Final Four?
This will be the sixth appearance for the Coogs in the last four: 1967 & ‘68 with Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney, and then the Phi Slamma Jamma teams in 1982, ‘83, and ‘84. They’ve never won the national title, but advanced to the championship game in 1983 and 1984.