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Houston Cougars guard Jamal Shead (1) controls the ball while being guarded by Texas Longhorns forward Dillon Mitchell (23) and Texas Longhorns guard Tyrese Hunter (4) during the Big 12 college basketball game between Texas Longhorns and Houston Cougars on January 29, 2024, at Moody Center in Austin, Texas.Surely the University of Houston would not dominate the nation’s toughest men’s college basketball conference the way it dominated its previous league. Even Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson wasn’t sure what to expect from this debut season in the Big 12 after six straight years of finishing first or second in the American Athletic Conference. Sampson warned that the math might change.“We get the internet here in Houston,” he said last fall. “We get cable. We don’t need someone to tell us how good Kansas is or how good Baylor is. We get it. We know that our record isn’t going to be what it was, but I’m excited about it.”Or maybe the bottom line wouldn’t change much at all. Welcome to the transition season that…

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