Junior George Williams returns to lead the Cougars at the Maui Invitational on November 19-21.
Aug. 21, 2001
A visit from "the General," a possible match-up against the defending national champions, a home rematch game against North Carolina State and Conference USA home games against the regular season and tournament champions highlight the University of Houston's men's basketball schedule in 2001-02.
The Cougars will play Texas Tech and first-year head coach Bobby Knight at the Compaq Center on December 14 as part of the Houston Charities Basketball Classic.
Houston will begin the regular season at the Maui Invitational on November 19-21. The other teams in the tournament are the defending national champions, Duke Blue Devils, as well as Ball State, Kansas, Seton Hall, South Carolina, UCLA and host Chaminade.
After traveling to Maui, the Cougars will play two regular season home games against cross-town rival Rice University on November 29 and North Texas on December 2. Following the North Texas game, Houston will play another inner-city rival, when the Cougars play at Texas Southern for the first time in school history on December 4. The two schools have met twice in Hofheinz Pavilion and played each other in tournaments at Hawaii and Iowa previously.
In addition, the Cougars play a road game at LSU on December 21, before closing out the month of December with two home games: North Carolina State on December 23 and Tennessee State on December 30.
UH will celebrate New Year's Day in Washington, D.C. when the Cougars play at Georgetown on January 1.
The Cougars will play their final regular season non-conference game on January 29 at San Diego State.
Houston also faces a very tough Conference USA schedule that includes home games against 2000-01 regular season champion Cincinnati on January 12 and OCG C-USA Tournament champion Charlotte February 2.
The Cougars also will play road games against American Division foes East Carolina and Saint Louis. Houston will face home-and-home match-ups versus National Division opponents Memphis, South Florida, Southern Miss, TCU, Tulane and UAB.