The Houston Cougars will have their star on Saturday Second round match against the Auburn Tigers.
Marcus Sasser, Houston’s leading scorerwill start on Saturday without minute restrictions, according to a report published by the stadium.
Sasser injured his groin in the AAC Tournament and did not play in the championship game, which the Cougars lost to the Memphis Tigers.
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On Thursday, he played Sasser but looked like he did worsening of the injury In the first half against No. 16-ranked Northern Kentucky, he finished with only 14 minutes to go.
Sasser, who averages 16.7 points, said Friday that he will play after Saturday against the Razorbacks.
“I play 100%. It’s not a game time decision,” Sasser told Fox26 on Friday. “I’ll do a workout today, go through a warm-up tomorrow and be ready.
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“You can bring it back,” he added. “You’re aggravating it, but it’s not in my head. I just pray. And just try to get out there and play at my full power.”
Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson told reporters Friday will leave the decision to play to Sasser and the Houston coaching staff.
According to ESPN, Sampson said, “I treat his injury as if I dealt with every child injury we’ve had… I don’t make any decisions.” “People said, why did you play with him?” I did not do that. I play him if he’s healthy. The coach thinks he can go, and the kid thinks he can go. I trust Marcus… If Marcus gets injured, he’ll say, ‘Coach, I can’t go,’ and then I won’t play him. If he’s there and he can play, that means he can play. So he’ll play as many minutes as he can on a night. Tomorrow I don’t know how many minutes will be up, but that’s up to Marcus.
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“He’s our best player, and I know that. But I don’t treat him any differently than I would treat anyone else if he got injured. I treat them all the same.”
The No. 1-ranked Cougars and No. 9-ranked Auburn Tigers kick off at 7:10 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Alabama.
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