HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program will enjoy 12 non-conference regular-season games, including a Dec. 2 showdown against former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas, and an exhibition contest during the 2017-18 season, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Monday.
Renovations continue on the $60 million Fertitta Center. Administrators are finalizing home venues for the 2017-18 season pending completion of the NBA and American Athletic Conference schedules in August.
Home venue sites will be announced through UHCougars.com and Houston Athletics social media sites in the near future.
The Cougars open their 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 when they play host to McNeese.
From there, Houston will play a Nov. 13 exhibition game at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., before heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to compete at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 17-20.
Houston opens the Paradise Jam on Nov. 17 against Drexel and will face the winner/loser of Mercer-Liberty on Nov. 18 or Nov. 19 before closing out the tournament on Nov. 20 against an opponent to be determined.
Following their lone regular-season tournament, the Cougars return to Houston for four straight home games. The Cougars meet UIW for the first time in school history on Nov. 25 and close out the month against New Orleans on Nov. 29.
The Cougars open the month of December when they take on the Razorbacks on Dec. 2. While the two programs were long-time rivals in the Southwest Conference, this will be the first time since 1991 that Arkansas will visit Houston.
After a Dec. 6 showdown against Fairfield closes out the homestand, the Cougars will hit the road for a pair of games at Saint Louis (Dec. 9) and at LSU (Dec. 13).
The Cougars regularly faced Saint Louis as members of Conference USA from 1996 to 2008 but meet the Billikens for the first time since Jan. 29, 2007.
This will be the fifth meeting against the Tigers since 2010 and the third straight season in which the teams will play.
The Cougars take on Prairie View A&M on Dec. 16 and then meet Providence for only the second time in school history and the first time since 1965 when they square off inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., during the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
For American Athletic Conference play, the Cougars will face Cincinnati, East Carolina, SMU, Temple, Tulane, USF and Wichita State in home-and-away games during the regular season.
Houston will compete against UConn and Tulsa at home while facing UCF and Memphis in away contests only.
American Athletic Conference game times and dates will be released later this summer.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Five lettermen and three starters return in 2017-18 for the Cougars, who finished third in the American Athletic Conference and posted the program's second straight 20-win season.
Senior guard and All-American Athletic Conference First-Team selection Rob Gray led the Cougars and The American with 20.6 points per game, becoming Houston's first conference scoring champion since Aubrey Coleman led the nation in 2009-10.
Senior forward Devin Davis returns as the team's leading rebounder with 5.3 boards per contest, while junior point guard Galen Robinson Jr. dished out a team-best 155 assists, becoming the 18th player in school history with multiple 100+ assist seasons during his career.
The Cougars will be boosted by the addition of eight newcomers during the 2017-18 season. That award-winning group includes: Klein Forest High School forward Cedrick Alley Jr.; Mansfield Lake Ridge High School guard Mike Adewunmi; Saddleback Junior College Breaon Brady; San Jacinto Junior College guard Corey Davis; Three Rivers Community College forward Gabe Grant; San Jacinto Junior College center Chris Harris Jr.; Atascocita High School forward Fabian White Jr.; and LIU Brooklyn graduate transfer forward Nura Zanna in the Cougars' signing class.
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