May 28, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team unveiled its American Athletic Conference opponents for the 2014-15 season, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
In 2014-15, the American Athletic Conference will welcome Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina for an 11-member league. In a new scheduling format, schools will face eight opponents twice in home-and-away series and two opponents once each for an 18-game league schedule.
This season, the Cougars will face Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa , UCF and USF both inside Hofheinz Pavilion and on the road. Houston will play host to defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion and will meet Temple on the road during the 2014-15 campaign.
A year ago, Houston claimed a 75-71 win against the Huskies on New Year's Eve inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both programs. It was one of only eight losses for the Huskies on the way to the NCAA national championship.
Conference officials also announced that the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championships will be held March 12-15 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
All 11 American Athletic Conference schools will participate in the championship with the format calling for three first-round games March 12; followed by four quarterfinal games March 13; two semifinals March 14 and the championship game March 15. The entire American Men's Basketball Championship will be available across ESPN's national outlets.
Houston Athletics will release the Men's Basketball team's 2014-15 schedule with dates and non-conference opponents in the near future. Fans should stay tuned to UHCougars.com and Houston Athletics' social media sites for the latest news and notes about the schedule and team.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Since joining the program in early April, head coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff have been working hard on the recruiting trail.
The Cougars have already signed six newcomers for the 2014-15 season, including sophomore forward Egi Gjikondi (San Jacinto JC), junior guards Chuck Baker (Lee JC), Eric Weary, Jr. (Howard JC) and Torian Graham (Chipola JC) and freshman forward J.C. Washington (Yates High). Former Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson will sit out the 2014-15 season and play as a junior in 2015-16 with two years of eligibility remaining.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The American enjoyed tremendous basketball success in 2013-14 with UConn's NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball national championships, which was the second time that the two teams have won national titles in the same season. The American was the only conference to have a team make the final four of all the major postseason college tournaments with SMU playing in the NIT championship game, and USF and Rutgers, the eventual champion, in the women's NIT.
The American's men closed out the 2014 regular season with five teams in the top 25 of both the AP and USA Today polls, four of which earned a bid to the NCAA Championship. The conference had three players named to the Associated Press All-America First Team: Shabazz Napier of UConn, Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati and Russ Smith of Louisville. It marked the first time one conference had three players selected since the 2001-02 season.
The 2014-15 season will be the second straight year in which the American Athletic Conference has the defending men's and women's NCAA champion in its ranks.
SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS
Fans can take the first step toward the 2014-15 Houston Men's Basketball season by placing deposits with the Athletics Ticket Office at UHCougars.com or by clicking here. The deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets.
Fans can receive live scoring updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook page at HoustonCougarMensHoops.