The year started with Gonzaga and Baylor side-by-side in the Associated Press Top 25, and it stayed that way for most of the season. Now, as the Final Four approaches, Gonzaga and Baylor are two of the four remaining teams and are the heavy favorites to meet in the National Championship. The headlines and the coverage are all going the way of those two, and even UCLA’s Cinderella run thus far, but don’t sleep on Kelvin Sampson’s Houston Cougars.

Houston finally got over the hump in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four for the first time under Sampson and the for the first time since 1984. The Cougars have done it with stout, aggressive defense while attacking the glass on both ends as well. Here are two bold reasons why Houston will win the 2021 National Championship

1.) Quentin Grimes

Come March, it’s best to have a go-to player in crunch time to deal with the madness of the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga has Jalen Suggs amongst others, Baylor has Davion Mitchell and plenty of other options, Houston has Quentin Grimes.