HOUSTON - For the second straight season, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program will compete in the NIT when it plays host to Akron at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, inside Texas Southern’s Health & Physical Education Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m., Wednesday.
The Cougars, who will compete as a No. 2 seed, earned their second straight postseason berth after finishing 21-10 overall and 12-6 for a third-place finish in the regular-season standings in the American Athletic Conference. Entering Wednesday’s game, Houston has won eight of its last 11 games.
The Cougars are led by one of the most explosive backcourts in the nation. Junior guard Rob Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.3 points per game, while senior guard Damyean Dotson is one of only two players to rank among the league’s top-11 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Both Cougars were named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team, making Houston the only school with two First-Team honorees.
This will be the first time the Cougars have hosted a game in Texas Southern’s H&PE Arena. The team is scheduled to play several games in this facility during the 2017-18 season as Hofheinz Pavilion undergoes a $60 million renovation to become the Fertitta Center for the 2018-19 campaign.
Houston Men’s Basketball season-ticket holders should check their emails Sunday night for information on the first opportunities to purchase tickets for Wednesday’s game. NIT First-Round tickets will be available to purchase by all fans on line at 9 p.m., Sunday.
All seating will be General Admission. General Admission Adult tickets can be purchased for $10 with General Admission Youth (18 and under) tickets selling for only $4.
To purchase tickets, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647). Fans can purchase tickets by clicking here.
College students are admitted FREE with their valid college ID.
Parking for Wednesday’s game will be open. Houston Men’s Basketball 2016-17 parking passes will not be honored.
This marks the 11th time and the second straight season that Houston has been selected for the NIT during its history. It is only the second time in school history that the Cougars will compete in the NIT in consecutive seasons and the first time since 2005 and 2006.
The Cougars have posted a 5-10 all-time record during their NIT history. A year ago, Houston dropped an 81-62 decision at Georgia Tech on March 16, 2016.
Wednesday’s game will be the fourth time that Houston has hosted an NIT game with the Cougars posting a 3-0 record during those previous contests. The Cougars have not hosted an NIT game since taking a 77-67 win over BYU on March 15, 2006, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
• With a win against Akron, Houston will face the winner of the (3) BYU-(6) UT Arlington game in the NIT Second Round. That game time and date will be announced soon.
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