HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program learned its 2015-16 American Athletic Conference opponents as well as the dates for the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship. The 2016 Championship will be played March 10-13, 2016, at Amway Center in Orlando.
The league's 11 members will play an 18-game conference schedule. Each team will play eight of its 10 conference opponents twice and the other two opponents once each - one at home and one on the road.
Competing in their third year in the American Athletic Conference, the Cougars will face Cincinnati, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF, UConn and USF in home-and-away games during the 2015-16 season. Houston will only play host to Memphis inside Hofheinz Pavilion and will only face East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., during the regular season.
Houston's complete schedule with game times and dates will be announced at a later date.
AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL 2015-16 HOME-and-AWAY PAIRINGS
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 American Men's Basketball Championship includes all 11 teams and will be seeded Nos. 1-11. The tournament begins March 10, 2016, with matchups between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, No. 7 and No. 10 seeds and No. 6 and No. 11 seeds.
The winning teams advance to meet the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 seeds, respectively on March 11, 2016. The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds also square off on March 11, 2016.
The top five seeds in the Championship receive byes into the Quarterfinal round. The entire American Men's Basketball Championship will be available across ESPN's national outlets.
ABOUT HOUSTON COUGARS
Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars collected 13 wins in 2014-15, including a 70-68 victory against defending national champion UConn on Feb. 1 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston came on strong toward the end of the 2014-15 season, winning four of its last five contests, including a 66-60 win against Tulane during the First Round of the American Championship on March 12, inside the XL Center in Hartford Conn.
Six lettermen return from the 2014-15 season. Senior forward Devonta Pollard was one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-16 leaders in both scoring and rebounding with 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Junior forward Danrad Knowles was the Cougars' third-leading scorer with 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while senior guard LeRon Barnes - who recently received his bachelor's degree from the University - was one of six players to rank among the league's top-11 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding despite being the smallest member of that exclusive group.
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