2019 NCAA tournament bracket projection for Houston Cougars

The Houston Cougars endured one of the most gut-wrenching losses of the 2018 NCAA tournament when they went out on a second-round buzzer-beater to eventual runner-up Michigan. How did Kelvin Sampson's guys respond? Only by eclipsing last season's win total and grabbing an outright conference title for the first time in 35 years, of course. Can the Cougars live up to their regular-season hype and carry it over to a run to Minneapolis?

ESPN+ 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.