Preview: Houston Cougars
Cougars will need upgrade on D to finish in upper half of new conference
2012-13: 20-13 (7-9 Conference USA)
In-conference offense: 1.08 points per possession (3rd in C-USA)
In-conference defense: 1.08 points allowed per possession (9th in C-USA)
For those expecting Houston to increase its win total for the third straight season, we point to one number: 269. That's where the Cougars ranked in defensive efficiency a season ago. So despite all of the reasons for optimism, particularly the return of forwards TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House from a 20-win squad, that won't mean much unless Houston figures out how to guard someone. And considering the Cougars are stepping up a weight class in moving from Conference USA to the AAC, that won't be easy.
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