Cougars Set for American Championship

March 8, 2017


(6) UCONN HUSKIES (14-16 • 9-9 American) or
(11) USF BULLS (7-22 • 1-17 American)
vs. (3) HOUSTON COUGARS (21-9 • 12-6 American)
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Time 8 p.m. (CST) • Friday, March 10, 2017
Location XL Center (15,564) • Hartford, Conn.
Television ESPNU (Channel Finder)
Allen Bestwick, play-by-play
Tim Welsh, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
• Pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m. (CST)
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Game Notes Houston Notes
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- After 30 regular-season games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program enters the postseason when it begins play at 8 p.m. (CST) Friday, at the Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Championship inside the XL Center.

While time and site for their first game are finalized, the Cougars will have to wait until Thursday evening to find out Friday's Quarterfinal opponent. Houston will face the winner of host and No. 6 seed UConn-No. 11 seed USF. That First-Round game tips off at 7 p.m. (CST) Thursday.

Houston enters the American Championship as winners of eight of its last 10 games. The Cougars, who will compete as the No. 3 seed at the tournament, finished with a 12-6 record in American play and posted a 21-9 overall, the program's second straight 20-win season under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson.

The Cougars are led by one of the nation's premier backcourts in senior Damyean Dotson and junior Rob Gray. Both student-athletes were named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team, making the Cougars the only school with two First-Team honorees.

Gray and Dotson also became the first Cougars to be named to an All-Conference First Team since Carl Herrera and Craig Upchurch earned places on the 1990 All-Southwest Conference squad.

Gray leads the Cougars and The American with 20.3 points per game and is looking to become Houston's first conference scoring champion since Aubrey Coleman in 2010. The Forest City, N.C., native has scored 12+ points in all 29 games in which he has played with a season-high 30 points against Rhode Island on Dec. 10.

Dotson stands second on the team and fourth in the league with 17.4 points per game and ranks 11th with 7.1 rebounds per contest. He is one of only two players to rank among The American's top-11 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Fans can watch Friday's game on ESPNU with Allen Bestwick calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans can find watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fan can listen to Friday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action on KPRC 950 AM. The pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m., (CST) Friday. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.

Fans can join fellow Houston faithful at any of the following locations to watch the Cougars' Quarterfinal game.

Lucky's Pub (801 St. Emanuel St., Houston, TX 77003)
Lucky's Pub Cypress (27126 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX 77433)
Lucky's Pub (2520 Houston Avenue, Houston, Texas 77009)
• "The Official Watch Party For Students" - Calhoun's Rooftop Bar and Grill (4701 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204)

JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.



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