The Houston Cougars and Kelvin Sampson are returning to the Last 4.
Houston acquired out to an early lead in opposition to Oregon State within the Midwest Area on Monday and led 34-17 on the half. The Beavers have been capable of shut the margin within the second half and even tied the sport at 55 with underneath 4 minutes left. Houston held on for a 67-61 win.
The end result means Houston is again within the Last 4 for the primary time since 1984, when Hakeem Olajuwon was the star of the staff. Sampson can also be again within the Last 4 for the primary time since 2002, when he led Oklahoma there.
What’s spectacular is that Houston reached the Last 4 regardless of shedding Caleb Mills in December. They’re 28-3 for the season, the No. 2 seed within the area, and going to the Last 4.
Houston acquired some good fortune of their draw. The No. 1 seed, Illinois, misplaced within the second spherical to Loyola Chicago. Then Oregon State took care of the opposite two excessive seeds in Tennessee (5) after which Oklahoma State (4).
Sampson acknowledged how powerful the Beavers have been regardless of being a 12 seed.