Men's Basketball to Compete at Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic
July 18, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program will meet Boise State at 9:30 p.m. (CST), Dec. 22 in its first game of the Championship pairings at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
From there, the Cougars will face the winner/loser of the Texas Tech-Loyola (Ill.) matchup on Dec. 23. A win over Boise State puts Houston in the title game at 10:30 p.m. (CST), Dec. 23, while a loss to the Broncos places the Cougars in the Third-Place game at 8 p.m. (CST), Dec. 23. Both contests will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 and be played inside Orleans Arena.
Each team will play four games in the Classic with the first two contests at on-campus site and the final two games inside Orleans Arena on Dec. 22-23. The Orleans Arena is located just west of the Las Vegas strip and was recently named the No. 1 mid-size arena in the nation by Venues Today magazine.
This will be the first time that Houston has faced Boise State in men's basketball. The Cougars own a 1-2 all-time mark against Loyola (Ill.) but have not played the Ramblers since the 1967-68 season. The Houston-Texas Tech series is knotted up at 27-27 after the Red Raiders claimed a 76-64 win in the Progressive Legends Classic Third-Place Game on Nov. 26, 2013.
Houston Men's Basketball will release its compete 2014-15 schedule 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 eight newcomers for the 2014-15 season, including junior forwards Devonta Pollard (East Mississippi CC) and Bertrand Nkali (Lee JC), 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.
Sampson begins his 26th season as a collegiate head coach in 2014-15 but his first as Houston's head coach. He has posted a 500-270 career record while leading programs to 13 NCAA Tournaments and six conference championships and was twice recognized as a National Coach of the Year.
This season, five lettermen return for the Cougars. Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers already ranks as one of Houston's greatest 3-point shooters and ranked third on the team with 11.2 points per game. Junior guard L.J. Rose stood fourth on the squad with 8.9 points per game but led Houston and the American Athletic Conference with 5.5 assists per game. Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles averaged 7.1 points per game with 4.3 board per contest, third best on the team.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
While Houston's 2014-15 schedule has not been released yet, the Cougars already know their conference opponents breakdown. 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.
MEN'S BASKETBALL 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.
Current Houston Men's Basketball season-ticket holders do not need to place deposits to reserve their seats and will receive invoices in the near future.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
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