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Coogs Begin March Madness vs. Georgia State

The University of Houston men’s basketball team begins the NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed after only losing three games in the regular season.

UH Cougars players and coach Kelvin Sampson celebrate winning the 2019 AAC regular season conference championship.


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The Houston Cougars will face Georgia State Friday night in Tulsa, Okla., in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Cougs begin March Madness as a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional portion of the bracket, after finishing the regular season with only three losses and ranked No. 9 in the nation.

Should the Cougars advance, they could face college basketball powerhouses like North Carolina, Kentucky, or Kansas.

Also, Prairie View A&M plays one of the play-in games of the bracket. They face Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday with the winner entering the larger bracket as a No. 16 seed and facing No. 1 seed Gonzaga.

Meanwhile, the Rockets have won 11 of their last 12 games. The Dynamo have begun their season unbeaten, with two wins and a draw. And Astros manager AJ Hinch was tossed from a game and then suspended another this weekend, after a protracted argument with umpire Angel Hernandez.

In the audio above, sportswriter Jeff Balke joins Houston Matters to update us on these and other local sports stories. He writes for Houstonia and Houston Press.