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The Mustangs finished fourth in District 16-6A, behind the Cougars, Westfield and Eisenhower. Obviously, the 'Stangs were saving their best for last.

Aldine got hot, beating nationally recognized The Woodlands, Cypress Lakes, Langham Creek and Sachse, before falling to College Park in the fifth-round. Leading the way were Raymond Chairez, Elvin Rodriguez, Cesar Ramirez and Kelvin Vazquez.

Nimitz won their first-round game against Klein Oak, but then lost to Langham Creek, while Eisenhower lost its opener to College Park.

The Cougars swept the postseason awards as Eduardo Romero and Jared Flores were named District co-MVPs. Denzel Martinez was the Defensive MVP, David Magana was the Goalkeeper of the Year and the Coach of the Year was Oscar Nunez.

Alberto Sosa, Denzel Martinez and Jesse Orenday all joined them on the first-team as well. Adolfo Segundo will also be a player to watch as the sophomore earned Newcomer of the Year accolades.

Eisenhower had a solid season going 6-4-4 on the year. Fortino Reyes, Jose Cardenas and Osiel Robledo were the IKE studs.

Other notable stars were District Offensive MVP Marlon Jacinto of MacArthur and Davis freshman Oscar Canizales.

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Number one seed University of Houston is favored by 7.5 points over No. 5 Miami, and No. 2 University of Texas is favored by 4 over No. 3 Xavier Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Kansas City.

Talk about opening acts. If both UH and UT win, they’ll meet Sunday in a good ol’ WWE-style Texas death match for a berth in the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston. Thank you, Mr. Schedule Maker.

How much do you think Cougar fans would love for UH to get their hands on the Longhorns with so much at stake?

For one example, let’s go back to the future, Oct. 21, 2023, when Big 12 rivals UH and UT meet in football at TDECU Stadium on the Houston campus. The game already is a lock sellout with tickets in the upper deck commanding $141 per ticket on the secondary market. It will be UH’s first year in the big boy Big 12 and UT’s last go-around before heading to the SEC.

One last opportunity for lasting bragging rights.

That’s for a UH football game. At home. Where the Cougars typically have trouble packing half the house. For example, the Cougars will be hosting the Sam Houston Bearkats at TDECU Stadium a month earlier. Tickets for that game, the same exact seat going for $141 against UT, can be had right now … $17.

Yeah, there’s something special about UH getting the opportunity to face UT. In anything. Anywhere. And it’s been a long time since the two teams, once co-members of the Southwest Conference together, have met on the basketball court. A full decade, in fact. The last time they played was March 20, 2013 with the Cougars prevailing 73-72 in something called the College Basketball Invitational. The UH coach was James Dickey. UT was coached by Rick Barnes. Joe Young led the Cougars with 18 points. The Horns’ leading scorer was Julien Lewis with 28. UH finished that season with a 20-13 record. UT limped home at 16-18.

That was then, this is now. The UH-Miami game will air at 6:10 p.m. Friday on CBS with UH grad Jim Nantz calling the play-by-play. The game will alsO stream on Hulu +++. ESPN’s BPI (basketball power index) gives the Cougars a 90 percent chance of winning. We’ll take it.

The UT-Xavier game will follow at 8:45 p.m. on CBS. The Horns have a 70 percent chance of beating the Musketeers. If both chalks come through, they’ll meet Sunday afternoon with the game on CBS.

The Cougars have made six Final Four appearances: 1967, 1968, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2021. The Horns have made three Final Fours, the last time two decades ago.

Here’s the only sure bet if UH and UT meet Sunday - get to your sports bar early if you want a seat. This could be memorable.

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