AAC Basketball: Look Out For the Houston Cougars

By Daniel Karpuc
TaShawn Thomas
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While the Houston Cougars are not used to a whole lot of success, they sure aren’t acting like it. Right now they sit at a perfect 4-0 and have come out of the gate very impressively. It will be very interesting to see if this team can surprise any of the “upper echelon” conference teams throughout the course of the season.

The Cougars have been led by the efforts of junior forward TaShawn Thomas, sophomore guard Danuel House, and L.J. Rose, a sophomore who transferred from Baylor.

Thomas has been the best big man in the AAC so far, and he has been putting up an impressive 18.3 points per game to go with 10.0 rebounds per contest. He has shot a remarkable 31-of-42 for 73.8 percent from the field.

House is second on the team, recording 16.5 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds. He remains an outside threat, hitting on seven of his 18 long-range attempts.

Rose has been the primary ball handler and has averaged 12.8 points per contest while dishing out an average of 5.8 assists per game. His 23-to-8 assist-to-turnover ratio is indicative of his smart decision-making.

Unlike their Texas counterpart SMU, Houston has a demanding non-conference schedule. The team will be tested by Stanford, Pittsburgh or Texas Tech, and Texas A&M prior to starting their AAC conference schedule.

Coming off of a 80-66 victory over Lehigh, a top team in the Patriot League, the Cougars return to action Thursday when they welcome Howard to Houston. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Dan Karpuc is an American Athletic Conference writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_karpuc, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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