INDIANAPOLIS -- AP -- Houston's Kelvin Sampson has gotten a lift from transfers in guiding the Cougars back to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. The second-seeded Cougars have multiple transfer starters, including Associated Press third-team All-American Quentin Grimes from Kansas. That group has helped the Cougars extend the best sustained run since the "Phi Slama Jama" days of the 1980s.

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Sampson says teams that don't take on transfers in today's game are behind. Transfers are also playing key roles for several top teams. That list includes No. 1 overall tournament seed Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Arkansas.

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