Cougars to Compete at Gulf Coast Showcase

June 10, 2016

2016 Gulf Coast Showcase Bracket

HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program will compete at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Nov. 21-23 inside Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

The Cougars open the three-day tournament at 6:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 21, against George Mason. From there, Houston will face the winner/loser of Kent State-South Dakota on Nov. 22 with the final game coming against Vermont, Wofford, Hofstra or Bradley.

Each day of the tournament will feature an afternoon session, beginning at 10 a.m. (CST), and an evening session, starting at 4 p.m. (CST). Tickets will be good for both games of a given session.

Prior to the Houston-George Mason game, Monday’s First-Round games include Vermont-Wofford (10 a.m.), Hofstra-Bradley (12:30 p.m.) and Kent State-South Dakota (4 p.m.).

This is expected to be the only regular-season tournament in which the Cougars will compete during the 2016-17 season. Houston has competed in a regular-season tournament in each of the last three years but has not won a regular-season tournament title since the 1991 Disneyland Freedom Bowl Classic.

Gulf Coast Showcase logo

The Cougars are 0-1 all-time against George Mason after dropping an 88-84 decision in overtime in Fairfax, Va., during the 2013 College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals.

Houston is 3-0 against Kent State but has not played the Golden Flashes since an 80-56 win on Dec. 7, 1991, during the Disneyland Freedom Bowl Classic in Irvine, Calif.

Houston is 7-13 against Bradley and has not played the Braves since a 69-52 win on Dec. 28, 1967, during the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.

The Cougars have never played South Dakota, Hofstra, Wofford or Vermont.

Tickets for the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase are on sale now at GermainArena.com or through Ticketmaster. All-Tournament passes for either the men’s tournament or women’s tournament are available for $74, $99 or $149 per tournament.

Single session tickets, ranging from $10 General Admission to $45 Courtside for each two-game session, will go on-sale later this summer.

Under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars finished 22-10 and competed in the NIT for the first time in a decade. Houston was one of only two teams in the league who defeated every American Athletic Conference rival at least once during the regular season.

With only the 15th 22-win season in school history, the Cougars boasted a 9-game improvement from their 13-19 mark in 2014-15. That total ranked as the 13th-highest improvement among 351 NCAA Division I schools in 2015-16.

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.

2016-17 SCHEDULE
The Cougars recently learned their American Athletic Conference pairings for the 2016-17 season. Houston 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 will face Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, UConn and USF 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.

For the second straight year, the tournament will support the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The hospital is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami and provides vital health care for the region’s sick and injured children and their families. The hospital currently boasts a 98-bed inpatient facility located within HealthPark Medical Center in south Lee County.

Construction is currently underway on a new facility set to open in early 2017. The new building will provide 300,000 square feet of space, 128 pediatric and NICU beds with space to expand to 160 beds, a 17-bay emergency department, a freestanding pediatric pharmacy and an in-hospital school classroom. The final round of fundraising is on-going with the $100 million goal close to being met.

JOIN the 50-50-CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops or by visiting the team's Instagram page at UHCougarMBK.



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