NCAA Basketball

No. 3 Houston downs Temple, gets payback

(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kelvin Sampson stepped on Temple's court and saw a rare packed house ready to give Houston as much of a hard time as the Owls did in an unlikely triumph in Texas only two weeks ago.

For a moment, Sampson thought about what a scene like this meant for the coach down the sideline - Temple's Aaron McKie - and the feelings the late Temple coach John Chaney might have had before such a big game.

"My first thought was coach Chaney," Sampson said. "How proud he would have been of Aaron. I know what this looked like when Aaron got here. There's been a steady growth and he's got a good team."

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1 Purdue22-2
2 Tennessee19-4
3 Houston21-2
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5 Arizona21-3
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