It will likely be an all-Montana connection on this 12 months’s Elite 8 with a shot on the Last 4 on the road.
No. 2 Houston, led by former Montana Tech men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, defeated No. 11 Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night within the Candy 16 on the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The win units up Sampson and the Cougars for a showdown with former Griz men’s basketball coach and player Wayne Tinkle and the No. 12 Oregon State Beavers on Monday night within the Midwest Area closing. The Beavers topped No. 8 Loyola-Chicago 65-58 earlier on Saturday within the Candy 16.
For Sampson, who’s in his seventh season teaching Houston, it is his first journey to the Elite 8 with the Cougars however third general as a head coach. Sampson took Oklahoma to the Last 4 in 2002 and the Elite 8 in 2003. Sampson started his head teaching profession at Montana Tech from 1981-85.
For Houston, it is this system’s first journey to the Elite 8 for the reason that Cougars went three straight seasons from 1982-84. Houston went to the Last 4 in 1982 and the nationwide championship recreation in 1983 and 1984.
Houston (27-3) beat Cleveland State and Rutgers within the NCAA Match to advance to the Candy 16.