March 17, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. - Preparing for its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly two decades, the University of Houston men's basketball team held its first workout in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday.
After packing the bus and a round of interviews with local media, Houston players, coaches, administrators and fans left the Athletics/Alumni Center at 7 a.m., Wednesday, for Hobby Airport. Following a four-hour flight, the team landed in Spokane and arrived at their hotel.
The Cougars enjoyed lunch and then got some much-deserved rest before heading to West Valley High School for a 90-minute workout.
Returning home to clean up, players and coaches left Wednesday evening for dinner at a local Italian restaurant before calling it a night.
The Cougars meet No. 4 seed #20/20 Maryland around 6:40 p.m. (PDT)/8:40 p.m. (CDT) during the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Houston will play 30 minutes following the (5) Michigan State-(12) New Mexico State game which begins at 4:20 p.m. (PDT)/6:20 p.m. (CDT), Friday.
This will be the team's first NCAA Tournament appearance since a 1992 loss to Georgia Tech in the Midwest Region First Round in Milwaukee.
The Cougars will take part in their first official day at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Head coach Tom Penders and selected players will hold press conferences from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (PDT), before the team holds its 40-minute, open workout at Spokane Arena, beginning at 6:40 pm. (PDT).
Fans can watch the Cougars in action Friday with other UH fans at a variety of locations throughout the Houston area.
Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill will host the Official Houston Athletics Watch Party at 6225 Washington, Houston, TX 77007.
Cougar fans also can watch their favorite team at these locations as well:
Ragin Cajun - Westheimer
9600 Westheimer #80
Houston, TX 77063
Ragin Cajun - Sugar Land
16100 Kensington #400
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Tailgators Pub & Grill
8000 Highway 242
Conroe, TX 77385
Buffalo Wild Wings
528 W. Bay Area Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598
SRO Sports Bar
hosted by the Technology Alumni Association
444 Northwest Mall
Houston, TX 77092
Wild Wing Café
Hosted by the Katy Coogs
20940 Katy Freeway, Suite A
Katy, TX 7749
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The Den Campus Pub
Houston, TX 77004
Fans can hear Friday's game live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin around 8:40 p.m. (CDT)/6:40 p.m. (PDT).
Fans also can watch the game live on CBS Sports with Tim Brando calling the play-by-play action and Mike Gminski providing analysis.
The game also can be seen live on the Internet with March Madness on Demand by visiting mmod.ncaa.com or by clicking the appropriate link at UHCougars.com.
Fans can follow live stats at UHCougars.com by clicking the GameTracker link.