Houston's Marcus Sasser Reportedly In Line to Start vs. Auburn After Groin Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 18, 2023

Houston guard Marcus Sasser brings the ball up duirng the first half of the team's first-round college basketball game against Northern Kentucky in the men's NCAA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, March 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
AP Photo/Butch Dill

Houston Cougars star guard Marcus Sasser, who has been dealing with a groin injury, is good to start without restrictions for his team's second-round matchup against Auburn in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament on Saturday, per Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Houston's Marcus Sasser (groin) will start and will not have any minute restrictions today against Auburn, source told <a href="https://twitter.com/Stadium?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stadium</a>. Sasser could have come back in first round game, but Houston coaching staff held him out.

Sasser suffered the groin injury last Saturday in the AAC tournament semifinals. He did not play in his team's championship game loss to Memphis but returned for its first-round victory in the NCAA tournament against Northern Kentucky.

However, Sasser left and did not return after 14 minutes of play when he appeared to aggravate the injury.

Sasser, who was named the AAC's Player of the Year, told reporters Friday that he was committed to playing the second-round matchup.

"I'm 100 percent playing tomorrow," Sasser said. "I've been doing a lot of treatment and stretching and massages and things like that to get ready."

Sasser averages 16.7 points per game.

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