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Houston is watching the upsets

The Houston Cougars, of course, enjoyed watching Thursday's upsets in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Since they are a No. 13 seed themselves, they noticed that No. 13 seed Murray State upset fourth seed Vanderbilt.

"I think that everybody is going for the underdog, and I think that [Friday] people are going to be behind us because we're going to do some big things," Houston guard Kelvin Lewis said.

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Houston's Aubrey Coleman on Thursday referred to the Cougars being called "dead man walking" by coach Tom Penders during the Conference USA tournament. Penders had said that the Cougars had nothing to lose in the postseason and could relax because so little was expected of the team. The Cougars won the tournament.

"We're going to play loose and 'dead man walking' again," Coleman said.

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Maryland, by the way, said it sold 450 of its allotted 550 tickets. No immediate word on how many Houston sold.

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