Dominating win bodes well for Houston

Houston has won at least one game in the Tournament in consecutive years for the first time since 1983-84.

“We just want to advance,” Sampson said.

The win by a 29-point margin was the biggest first-round victory in Samson’s 15 trips to the Tournament. As much as he tried to downplay the importance of playing so well to start what he hopes will be an extended tournament run, seven times his teams failed to win a game.