HONGCUN VILLAGE, China – On the final full day of its 10-day journey to China, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program enjoyed a morning sightseeing 900-year old Hongcun Village.
After eating breaking in their hotel in Huangshu on Wednesday, the Cougars hopped on the bus for an hour-long bus ride to Hongcun Village. This UNESCO World Heritage site was established during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and has enjoyed more than 900 years of history.
To put that into perspective, when George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were working to establish the United States of American and its governmental system in 1776, Hongcun Village had already been in existence for more than 600 years.
Braving a sunny sky and some hot temperatures, the Cougars walked around the village and checked out a classroom and the home of some village leaders. Student-athletes, coaches and staff members and their families also ducked into various shops along the way, picking out souvenirs for family and friends back home.
After about two hours, the team returned to the bus and began a 3-hour ride to Hefei, site of their first game of the trip on Friday. Following check-in, the Cougars grabbed some lunch and enjoyed a peaceful evening.
The Cougars will leave Hefei at 8 a.m. (China ST) Thursday for a 2-hour flight to Beijing. Following a 4.5-hour layover, the team is scheduled to fly out of Beiijng at 3 p.m. (China ST) Thursday for their approximate 14-hour flight back to Houston.
The student-athletes return to class with the first day Monday.
|Friday, Aug. 14||Houston 93, Chinese Junior National Team 83 (in Hefei)|
|Saturday, Aug. 15||Qingdao Doublestars 77, Houston 66 (in Taihu)|
|Sunday, Aug. 16||Houston 74, Qingdao Doublestars 64 (in Taihe)|
|Monday, Aug. 17||Houston 79, Qingdao Doublestars 76 (in Tongling)|
|Tuesday, Aug. 18||Tour of Yellow Mountain & team activities|
|Wednesday, Aug. 19||Tour of Hongcun Village & team activities|
|Thursday, Aug. 20||Return to Houston|
Please note that China Standard Time is 13 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time. When it is noon, Thursday, in Houston, it is 1 a.m., Friday in Anhui Province, China.
Season-ticket deposits for the 2015-16 University of Houston Men's Basketball season are now being taken, and fans are encouraged to place their deposits soon.
Reserved 1 season tickets will soon be available for $250 per seat for all 18 regular-season home games, while Reserved 2 season tickets will sell for $150 per seat. As an added benefit this season, fans who purchase Reserved 1 Men's Basketball season tickets will receive the same number of Houston Women's Basketball season tickets FREE.
For the first time in 2015-16, fans also can purchase $99 Anytime season tickets. With Anytime season tickets, With Anytime season tickets, fans will receive one ticket for each of the 18 regular-season home games.
From there, fans can use their Anytime season tickets any way they like. They can use one ticket for each home game or take 17 friends to one home game or any combination in between.
As always, current University of Houston students are admitted free with valid IDs to Houston Men's Basketball games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can view a Hofheinz Pavilion map with season-ticket pricing by clicking here.
Houston fans can connect with Fan Experience Headquarters by phone or text, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 713-462-6647 and can purchase tickets online 24/7 at UHCougars.com/tickets.
Any deposit amount paid will be credited toward season-ticket costs once they go on sale. New season-ticket members who make a deposit will be contacted by a Houston Athletics Ticket Sales staff member to choose their seats.
Fans should also stay tuned to UHCougars.com and Houston Men's Basketball social media sites for the latest information about ticket sales.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
The Cougars return six lettermen and four starters from last year's team, which recorded 13 wins and knocked off defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the second consecutive year.
Battling injuries throughout the season, the Cougars enjoyed a late-season surge, winning four of their final five games, including the lone upset in the American Athletic Conference Championship First Round in Hartford, Conn.
Senior guard LeRon Barnes, the Cougars' lone 3-year letterwinners, returns after ranking among The American's top-10 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding, while senior forward Devonta Pollard enters the 2015-16 campaign as the Cougars' top returning scorer with 11.4 points per game.
Junior forward Danrad Knowles ranked third on the team in both scoring and rebounding, and senior guard L.J Rose looks for his third 100+ assist season while wearing the Scarlet and White.
Houston also welcomes the return of junior guard Ronnie Johnson and junior forward Bertrand Nkali to competition. Both players practiced with the Cougars but sat out the 2014-15 season after Johnson transferred from Purdue and Nkali missed the year with an injury.
The Cougars will be boosted by the addition of five newcomers to the team, including freshman guard Galen Robinson (Westbury Christian/Houston); sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. (Howard JC/Forest City, N.C.); junior guard Damyean Dotson (Oregon/Houston); junior forward Xavier Dupree (Paris JC/Houston) and junior center Kyle Meyer (Eastern Florida State College/Atlanta).
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