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Marcus Sasser injury update: Houston G exits March Madness game after aggravating groin injury

The big question heading into March Madness for Houston was the injury status of star guard Marcus Sasser.

Sasser, who injured his groin last Saturday, was listed as a game-time decision as Houston coach Kelvin Sampson tried to keep the focus on 16-seed Northern Kentucky.

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The question seemed to be answered: Sasser started after missing the American championship game last weekend. But then Sasser went down and left the game in the first half. He was shown on the bench with his upper leg wrapped, sparking speculation he aggravated his injury.

Sampson told TNT at halftime that he did not have an update on Sasser’s status. The 1-seed Cougars went into the locker room leading 30-27. Sasser had five points.

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Marcus Sasser injury update

Houston announced after halftime that Sasser aggravated the groin strain he was dealing with ahead of the tournament and was questionable to return.

The injury kept him out of Houston’s loss to Memphis in the American title game, but he practiced with the team this week. On Thursday, he appeared to slip before he grabbed his leg in pain.

Sasser has been a dominant force for Houston this season, scoring 17.1 points per game en route to earning AAC Player of the Year honors. Houston came into the tournament with a 31-3 record, but it was struggling to maintain its lead over Northern Kentucky with Sasser on the bench.

The Sporting News will update this story as more information becomes available.


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