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‘It just seems like a punch to the gut’: The Cougars’ 180-degree trip from Fort Worth back to Houston as AAC cancels tournament

Houston on Thursday morning was on its way to Fort Worth to compete in the American Athletic Conference championship tournament, which was scheduled begin at noon, and the Cougars were set to tip off their first game of the event on Friday evening.

Despite being about two and a half hours away from arriving in Fort Worth, the doubts that the tournament was going to even be played were prominent on the team bus and eventually became reality due to the new coronavirus concerns.

“I knew it was coming,” head coach Kelvin Sampson said. “By 8:30, 8:40 a.