If you talk to college basketball coaches, they’ll tell you that there has never been a more difficult time to be in this profession. They’ve had to navigate the pandemic and the impact it has had on their players and staffers. The transfer portal has …
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Kelvin Sampson, Houston Cougars
In December, Sampson received news that would have rocked most teams and perhaps ended their hopes of competing for a league championship: Both Tramon Mark, a key contributor, and Marcus Sasser, the team’s leading scorer, had suffered season-ending injuries.
Houston, however, entered this week tied for first place in the AAC after a two-game slide. This team doesn’t boast the talent that carried the Cougars to the Final Four a season ago. But Sampson has turned to a collection of players, including Josh Carlton and Kyler Edwards, to anchor his short-handed group as it continues to pursue the AAC regular-season championship.
In the running: Tim Jankovich, SMU Mustangs
His SMU squad entered the week tied with Houston for first place in the AAC after losing a chunk of its rotation from last season and relying on Kendric Davis, a potential AAC Player of the Year.
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