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College Basketball Ranking: No. 3 Houston wins to give Kelvin Sampson his 700th career win

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Twenty-five of the 26 CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 teams played on Monday. They all won, most of them easily. So nothing too exciting happened on the opening day of the 2022-23 college basketball season – but Houston’s Kelvin Sampson recorded his 700th career win in an 83-36 win over Northern Colorado. This is remarkable and a reminder that Sampson has turned Houston into one of the best shows in the country in a way that should eventually have him enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

“It’s been a wonderful journey,” Sampson said. “I have so many people to thank.”

Sampson’s head coaching career began at Montana Tech in 1981 and included stops in Washington State, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Houston. He was great everywhere, led the Sooners and Cougars to the Final Four, and is now in control of a team that arguably gives him his best shot at winning the national championship. Caesars Sportsbook currently lists Houston as +1000 to win the 2023 NCAA Tournament, behind only North Carolina and Kentucky at +900. The star of the cast is Marcus Sasser, a CBS Sports Preseason First Team All-American who finished with 21 points on 50% field shooting in Northern Colorado’s season-opening destruction.

“It was exciting, fun, a lot of emotions, really,” said Sasser, who was limited to just 12 games last season because of a toe injury that sidelined him for good just before Christmas. “It’s been almost 11 months since I’ve been out there with this bunch of guys. Being out there with them tonight has been so much fun and exciting to see all the hard work we’ve been doing since June pay off.”

With a 47-point win, Houston remains third in the Top 25 and 1 updated Tuesday morning. The Cougars’ next game is Friday against Saint Joseph’s in the opening of the Veterans Classic, which can be watched on the CBS Sports Network at 6pm. ET.

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