HOUSTON - The Houston Men's Basketball program is heading to the NCAA postseason for the 29th time in program history as it was selected Sunday night to travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Wednesday's game marks Houston's 10th appearance in the NIT as it also owns 19 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars have engineered one of the nation's biggest turnarounds from a year ago. Finishing 13-19 in 2014-15, the Cougars enter NIT play with a 22-9 record while Georgia Tech is 19-14. The 2015-16 Cougars are only the 15th team in school history with 22+ wins in a single season and the first since the 2007-08 team posted a 24-10 mark.
Houston and Georgia Tech have previously met twice with the Yellow Jackets claiming both meetings, the last coming in 1992 in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Sunday night's selection marked Houston's first NIT invitation since 2006 when it defeated BYU, 77-67, in the first round at home before falling to Missouri State, 60-59, in a second round home game. The Houston-Georgia Tech matchup is Houston's first appearance in an NCAA postseason tournament since advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Houston has made two quarterfinal appearances in the NIT (1977, 1962) and one NIT Championship appearance (1977, lost to St. Bonaventure).
Houston's last overall postseason appearance was in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) where it defeated Texas at home before falling on the road to George Mason in the second round.
With Sunday's announcement, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson will lead his third different school to the NIT (Houston, Oklahoma and Washington State) where he has posted a 2-2 all-time record during the NIT.
This is the 16th team Sampson has led into the NCAA Tournament (13) or the NIT (3).