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2. Houston (13-0)

When the week began, Houston was one of the final three unbeaten teams, and they weren’t going to go down without a fight. It’s not just that the Cougars have won their games this season; they’ve demonstrated again that this is an elite program with great potential for the years ahead, especially now in the Big 12.

Suffice to say, the Cougars enjoyed their first ever Big 12 game on Saturday, getting an 89-55 home win over West Virginia. Houston’s blowout win began what could be a prosperous era in this new league and featured great shooting from the team. L. J. Cryer, who has experience in the league at Baylor, led the team with 20 points while Damian Dunn added 14 from the bench in the blowout.

Fourteen games and fourteen wins and now Houston has marched into Big 12 play and announced themselves. West Virginia is probably the weakest team in this conference, but the Cougars continued their elite defensive play and just keep stockpiling victories. Challenges do loom ahead as they’ll be on the road against Iowa State and TCU next week. Can Houston remain unbeaten further into January?