Forward TaShawn Thomas
May 21, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team will be one of four hosts for the seventh annual Legends Classic in late November, head coach James Dickey announced Tuesday afternoon.
Houston joins Pittsburgh, Stanford and Texas Tech as hosts at this prestigious tournament. The four teams, which have a combined 73 NCAA Tournament appearances between them, will each host a pair of regional-round games on campus Nov. 17-21 before facing off at Barclays Center in the Championship Rounds on Nov. 25-26.
Matchups for the Championship Rounds as well as the entire bracket for the 2013 Legends Classic will be announced at a later date. The Championship Rounds will be aired on ESPN Networks.
"We are excited to be a part of an outstanding tournament like the Legends Classic," said head coach James Dickey, who begins his fourth season in 2013-14. "This has become one of the country's premier tournaments with some of the best teams every year. Our coaches and our players are looking forward to the 2013-14 season and to competing at this first-class event."
LEGENDS CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TICKETS INFORMATION
Tickets for Championship Round games of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Friday, and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting BarclaysCenter.com or ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Tickets also are available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday.
HOUSTON BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS INFORMATION
Deposits are now being accepted for 2013-14 Houston Men's Basketball season tickets. With a $100 deposit, fans guarantee their seats for the upcoming season. The amount of each deposit will be credited toward fans' 2013-14 season-ticket balance.
To make a season-ticket deposit, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
Fans also can make their season-ticket deposits online at any time by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces, secure a priority parking pass for the season and receive other donor benefits through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact the Cougar Pride Office at 713-743-GOUH (4684) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for the most updated information will be available or click here.
The Cougars return four starters and all but two lettermen from a team that posted a 20-13 overall record in 2012-13, the program's first 20-win season since 2009. With a win against Big 12 member Texas inside Hofheinz Pavilion in late March, Houston advanced to the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals.
Forward TaShawn Thomas was named to multiple All-Conference and All-District teams after averaging 16.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and also was selected for the Conference USA All-Defensive Team. The Killeen, Texas, was one of only two players in C-USA to rank among the league's top-five leaders in both categories.
Guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 18.0 points per game and established himself as one of the nation's top 3-point and free throw shooters. The Houston native and Yates High product was a member of various All-Conference USA and All-District teams.
Forward Danuel House was one of the nation's top young players entering the 2012-13 season, and the Sugar Land, Texas, native lived up to that hype. House averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during his first collegiate season and was honored as the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
For the first time, the Cougars will compete as members of the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14, joining Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, USF, Temple and UCF.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
Pittsburgh - 2013 marked the 24th NCAA Tournament appearance by the Panthers, including 11 bids in the last 12 years...Pitt ended its Big East membership with the league's best record over the last dozen years (141-63, .691)...head coach Jamie Dixon sees the return of three starters and six of last season's top 10 scorers as Pitt enters its first year as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference...senior swingman Lamar Patterson (10.0 ppg, 94 assists) and sophomore point guard James Robinson (6.1 ppg, 116 assists) headline the returnees...the Panthers were 24-9 in 2012-13.
Stanford - The Cardinal advanced to the NIT for the second consecutive season in posting a 19-15 record...head coach Johnny Dawkins will welcome back 14 players from last year's squad, including eight of his top nine scorers...leading the way are senior forward Dwight Powell and junior guard Chasson Randle...Powell led the Cardinal in scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg), while Randle netted 13.6 ppg and handed out 89 assists...Stanford has been to 16 NCAA Tournaments.
Texas Tech - The Red Raiders are under the direction of first-year head coach Tubby Smith, who has 511 wins and 17 NCAA appearances under his belt...Smith inherits a roster that returns 10 players from a year ago, led by senior forward Jaye Crockett, who posted team highs of 11.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg...also back is junior frontcourt player Jordan Tolbert, who averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds a game...Texas Tech has participated in 14 NCAA Tournaments.
ABOUT THE LEGENDS CLASSIC
The Legends Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Sports Classic, Gotham Classic, the College Basketball Invitational, and the All-American Championship. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit GazelleGroup.com.
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Now in its 32nd season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at NortheastConference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.
Barclays Center is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (AECOM.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (ShoPArc.com), Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers approximately 17,732 seats for basketball, 14,500 seats for hockey and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines. For more information on Barclays Center, please visit BarclaysCenter.com.