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But since the clock started ticking on the Sampson tenure in April 2014, Houston’s win over No. 5 Cincinnati Thursday deserves accreditation as the moment everyone associated with the Cougars (21-5, 11-3) had been awaiting.
In addition to a third consecutive 20-win season for Sampson at Houston, it catapulted the Cougars into second place in the American Athletic Conference, a game behind Cincinnati (23-4, 12-2) and tied with Wichita State (20-5, 11-3). More importantly, it likely will be remembered as the win that sends the Cougars back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
That’s kind of a big deal.