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Martinez enjoying watching former players heading to Sweet 16

When Martinez filled out his bracket he couldn't help but roll with his former players. Via Vype

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OUSTON – When David Martinez filled out his bracket last week he couldn't help but roll with his former players.

Martinez, who coached Purdue's Carsen Edwards and University of Houston's Fabian White to a state title game appearance in 2016, picked their respective teams for an eventual meeting in the Final Four.

Purdue and Houston helped keep that pick in tact this past weekend with both advancing to the Sweet 16 with wins over Villanova and Ohio State, respectively.

"There's not really a better feeling for a basketball coach to see two of your former players who I think the world of having success and doing their thing at the college level," Martinez said.

Edwards might have had the performance of the weekend.

The former Atascocita star scored a career-high 42 points against Villanova, going 12 of 21 from the field and 9 of 16 from three-point range.

Seeing that kind of performance by Edwards isn't something new for Martinez.

"I literally had flashbacks," Martinez said. "I'm watching him and all I could think of were the North Shore game his junior year and the game against Conroe, the last district game where he scored 50. When he has it going he's as good as it gets. Just watching him play the other night on that stage I was like there he goes.

"I could pretty much tell you when he has the ball in his hands when he's going up."


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