Even though the jury remains out on them, the Houston Cougars owe apologies to no one.
Houston advanced to its first Final Four in 37 years with its 67-61 Elite Eight win over Oregon State on Monday night in a game they inartistically turned from blowout, with a convincing first half, to survival, with a shaky second half.
The last time Houston made a Final Four was in 1984, when the Cougars were defined by their high-flying, slam-dunking “Phi Slama Jama” show led by Clyde Drexler and Co.
That bit of history is what Houston would prefer to be known for than this tidbit: The Cougars are now the first team in NCAA Tournament history to play four teams seeded in double digits en route to a Final Four.
Houston, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, will play No. 1 seed Baylor in the national semifinal on Saturday.