HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program learned its American Athletic Conference pairings for the 2016-17 season, league officials announced Tuesday morning.
The Cougars and 10 league members will play an 18-game schedule in 2016-17. Each team will play eight of its 10 opponents twice and the two remaining rivals once each -- one at home and one on the road.
Houston, which finished 22-10 a year ago and competed in the NIT for the first time in a decade under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, will face Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, UConn and UCF in home and away contests. The Cougars will face Temple inside Hofheinz Pavilion while competing against USF in Tampa, Fla., only.
The complete 2016-17 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date. The Cougars will release their non-conference schedule, which is expected to feature, eight home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, in the near future.
The Cougars return three starters, including All-Conference honoree and Yates High School product Damyean Dotson and All-Rookie Team member Galen Robinson, Jr., and welcome four newcomers to the program during the 2016-17 season.
The American closed out the 2015-16 season with five teams selected for postseason play. In addition to the Cougars' NIT invitation, UConn, Cincinnati, Temple and Tulsa were selected for at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament.
Houston was one of only two teams in the league who defeated every American Athletic Conference rival at least once during the regular season.
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
In addition to the regular-season pairings, conference officials also announced that the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships would be played March 9-12, 2017, inside the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
The top-5 seeds in the Championship will receive byes into Friday's Quarterfinal round. The entire American Championship will be seen across ESPN's national outlets.
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