Men's Basketball Opens NIT First Round on Wednesday

March 14, 2016

(5) HOUSTON COUGARS (22-9 • 12-6 American)
Time 8 p.m. CST • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Location McCamish Pavilion (8,600) • Atlanta
Television ESPN2 • WatchESPN
   Tom Hart, PxP
   Cory Alexander, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 7:45 p.m. (CST)
Series History
Georgia Tech leads 2-0
Georgia Tech won last 65-60
   NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round
   March 19, 1992 (Milwaukee)
• First meeting in NIT
Game Notes Houston Notes
Georgia Tech Notes
The American Notes
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ATLANTA -- For the first time in nearly a decade, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program will compete in the postseason NIT when it meets ACC-rival Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, inside McCamish Pavilion.

The Cougars received their postseason invitation Sunday night after compiling a 22-9 record this season and finishing in a tie for third in the American Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, the fifth-most conference wins in Houston single-season history.

Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., continues to lead the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 16.3 points per game and is poised to become Houston's first conference scoring champion since Aubrey Coleman in 2010.

Junior guard Damyean Dotson is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference's top-12 leaders in both scoring AND rebounding. Dotson and senior forward Devonta Pollard combine to make Houston one of only two schools (Memphis) with two teammates among the league's top-20 scoring and rebounding leaders.

Houston looks to rebound from a tough 72-69 loss to Tulane on Friday in the American Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinals in Orlando. Against the Green Wave, Gray led five Cougars in double digits with 17 points, while Dotson totaled 16 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers.

Wednesday's game will be the first time the Cougars have faced Georgia Tech since dropping a 65-60 decision during the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round on March 19, 1992, in Milwaukee. It will be the first time the Cougars have faced the Yellow Jackets in the NIT.

KPRC logo black on white

Fans can hear Wednesday's's Men's Basketball 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 7:45 p.m. (CST), Wednesday.

Fans 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.

ESPN2 logo The game can be seen on ESPN2 with Tom Hart calling the play-by-play action and Cory Alexander providing analysis. Fan can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here..

Fans can join fellow Houston fans at any of the following locations around the greater Houston area to watch Wednesday's NIT First-Round matchup against Georgia Tech.

Lucky's Pub (801 St. Emanuel St., Houston, TX 77003)
• "The Official Watch Party For Students" - Calhoun's Rooftop Bar and Grill (4701 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204)
Brooklyn Athletic Club (601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77006)
The Republic Smokehouse and Saloon (1910 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002)
Ragin Cajun (4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX)
Lucky's Pub Cypress (27126 Northwest Fwy, Cypress, TX 77433)

NIT logo HOUSTON in the NIT
With Wednesday's game, Cougars will make their 10th appearance in postseason NIT during their history. Houston previously competed in 2006, 2005, 2002, 1993, 1991, 1988, 1985, 1979 and 1962.

This will be Houston's first appearance in the NIT since advancing to the Second Round in 2006. The Cougars knocked off BYU 77-67 on March 15, 2006, inside Hofheinz Pavilion before falling, 60-59, at Missouri State on March 20, 2006.

Houston has posted a 5-9 all-time record in the postseason NIT. The Cougars advanced to the NIT Championship in 1977 before dropping a 94-91 decision to St. Bonaventure inside Madison Square Garden on March 20, 1977...

The Cougars also competed in the NIT Quarterfinals in 1962.

Georgia Tech logo

Georgia Tech enters Wednesday's NIT First-Round game with a 19-14 overall mark and 8-10 record in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets tied with Florida State for eighth in the league standings.

Georgia Tech has won two of its last three games and six of its last eight.

In its last game, Georgia Tech dropped a 72-52 decision to Virginia in the ACC Championship Quarterfinals on March 10 in Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Against Virginia, senior guard Adam Smith led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points and four 3-pointers, while sophomore Tadric Jackson came off the bench to add 11 points with a pair of treys. Senior forwards James White and Charles Mitchell each grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while guard senior guard Marcus Georges-Hunt handed out a team-high three assists.

This season, Georges-Hunt leads the team with 16.7 points and 3.1 assists per game. Smith stands second with 14.9 points per game, while Nick Jacobs ranks third with 10.6 rebounds per contest. Mitchell is tops with 9.8 rebounds per game.

Head Coach Brian Gregory is in his fifth year at Georgia Tech and his 13th season as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 246-179 career record and is 74-85 during his Georgia Tech tenure.

Gregory previously built a 172-94 record in eight seasons at Dayton (2003-11)

Wednesday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston during his career.

With a win over Georgia Tech, the Cougars would advance to the NIT Second Round to face the winner of the No. 1 seed South Carolina-No. 8 seed High Point game at a time and date to be determined.
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