HOUSTON - For the second straight season, University of Houston Men's Basketball fans can collect bobblehead dolls of legendary Hall of Fame head coach Guy V. Lewis prior to Sunday's game sponsored by Memorial Hermann against defending national champion UConn.
Houston squares off against the Huskies at 2 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the lone regular-season meeting between the two teams. Supplies are limited with the first 700 fans in attendance receiving the Guy V. Lewis bobbleheads.
The 2014-15 campaign marks the 45th anniversary of Hofheinz Pavilion. The facility opened on Dec. 1, 1969, with an 89-72 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. During their history, the Cougars have posted a 506-158 all-time record in their historic arena with double-digit home wins coming in 31 seasons, including each of the last 10.
ABOUT GUY V LEWIS
From 1956 to 1986, Lewis won nearly 600 games, led his teams to five NCAA Final Fours, including a pair of appearances in the National Championship Game, competed in 14 NCAA Tournaments and won six Southwest Conference titles.
Best known as the Father of Phi Slama Jama - one of college basketball's greatest and most exciting teams - Lewis mentored 15 All-Americans, including National Players of the Year Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon - and 11 NBA Draft First-Round selections.
When the NBA released its Top-50 Greatest Players list, which included Hayes, Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, Lewis joined North Carolina's Dean Smith as the only college head coach to lead three players from that exclusive group.
Lewis was an influential leader for college basketball away from the court as well. As the architect of the Game of the Century against No. 1 UCLA inside the Houston Astrodome, he laid the foundation for the worldwide popularity that college basketball fans love and enjoy during March Madness annually.
He also played a key figure in the integration of college basketball in the South, successfully recruiting and welcoming Hayes and Don Chaney, the first African-American student-athletes in the history of Houston Men's Basketball and some of the earliest African-American players in the region.
In September 2013, Lewis became the fourth Cougar to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Hayes, Olajuwon and Drexler.
Before facing UConn, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to start a four-game homestand. That stand begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when Houston plays host to crosstown-rival Rice inside Hofheinz Pavilion in its final non-conference game of the season.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
Following Wednesday's game against Rice, the Cougars continue their stand with home showdowns inside Hofheinz Pavilion against defending national champion UConn on Sunday, current league leader Tulsa (Feb. 5) and SMU (Feb. 12).
BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.
Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.
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