Bracket projection: Houston Cougars

The Houston Cougars haven't won an NCAA tournament game since the days of Phi Slamma Jamma in 1984. In the last 34 years, the Cougars have danced just four times and have not escaped the first round. This year's Houston team reached its highest ranking in the polls since the 1980s, and made a spirited run to the American Athletic Conference tournament title game. With a balanced offensive attack and an aggressive defense, are the Cougars' high hopes justified?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.