Junior forward TaShawn Thomas
Aug 21, 2013
HOUSTON - Seventeen home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion with nine contests against NCAA Tournament squads from a year ago highlight the University of Houston Men's Basketball 2013-14 schedule, head coach James Dickey announced Wednesday afternoon.
Competing in the new American Athletic Conference for the first time, the Cougars will square off against some of the nation's premier teams. Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple each competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Louisville captured the national championship with a win against Michigan.
Houston faces each member of the 10-team conference in home-and-away contests, beginning 8 p.m., Dec. 31 against UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Each of the Cougars' 18 American Athletic Conference regular-season games as well as the Championship Rounds of the Legends Classic will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports Network.
"We are excited to begin play in The American Athletic Conference this season. From top to bottom, this will be one of the top college basketball leagues in the country," Dickey said. "With our increased television coverage, Houston fans around the world can regularly watch the Cougars compete against some of the best teams in college basketball."
Fans will want to visit Hofheinz Pavilion when Cincinnati (8 p.m., Jan. 7); Rutgers (1 p.m., Jan. 19); SMU (2 p.m., Jan. 26); Louisville (8 p.m., Feb. 5); Temple (1 p.m., Feb. 9); UCF (1 p.m., Feb. 22); Memphis (8 p.m., Feb. 27) and USF (7:30 p.m., March 4) visit Houston.
On the road, the Cougars compete at USF (Jan. 4); at Louisville (6 p.m., Jan 16); at Memphis (7 p.m., Jan. 23); at UConn (8 p.m., Jan. 30); at Rutgers (3:30 p.m., Feb. 1); at Cincinnati (2 p.m., Feb. 15); at SMU (Feb. 19); at Temple (8 p.m., March 1) and at UCF (6 p.m., March 7).
Before the Cougars begin The American play, they open the season with a 13-game non-conference slate. After opening the season with an exhibition against St. Thomas (7 p.m., Nov. 5), the Cougars tip off their 69th season of intercollegiate basketball against Texas State at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
After a road contest at Texas-Pan American (7 p.m., Nov. 11), the Cougars meet UTSA (7 p.m., Nov. 14) inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the Cougars will compete in their first regular-season tournament since 2011-12. In July, Dickey and the Cougars announced that they would compete in the Legends Classic from Nov. 17-26. That tournament tips off with games against Lehigh (4 p.m., Nov. 17) and Howard (7 p.m., Nov. 21), both inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the Cougars head to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., to compete in the Championship Rounds of that tournament. Houston meets 2013 NIT participant Stanford at 8:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 25, on ESPN2 and will face Pittsburgh or Texas Tech the next night on ESPN3 or ESPNU.
The Cougars face Southeastern Conference rival Texas A&M at 7 p.m., Dec. 4, in College Station, Texas, and play host to consecutive home games against San Jose State (5 p.m., Dec. 7) and Alcorn State (7 p.m., Dec. 10).
Following a road contest at Louisiana-Lafayette (7:05 p.m., Dec. 14), the Cougars meet crosstown-rival Rice on Dec. 21 inside Toyota Center. That game will be the first game of a doubleheader, which features Texas A&M and Oklahoma in the nightcap, and marks the 19th consecutive and 41st time in the last 43 years that these two teams will meet on the hardwood.
With the end of the regular season, the Cougars head to Memphis' FedExForum to compete in their first American Athletic Conference Championship on March 12-15. The winner of the league's postseason event receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 18-19 with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.
The March 12 first-round games and the March 13 quarterfinals will be televised on ESPNU, while the March 14 semifinals will be on ESPN or ESPN2. The March 15 final will be at 5 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.
MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS AND PARKING
Men's Basketball season tickets are now on sale in the Athletics Ticket Office starting as los as $195. Fans can purchase Family Plans - which consist of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets - for only $399.
Men's Basketball season ticket holders will receive renewal information in an email by Tuesday evening.
To renew and purchase season tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GOUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Nine lettermen and three starters return for the Cougars in 2013-14 after posting a 20-win season and advancing to the College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals a year ago.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas posted 16.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to rank among the Conference USA's top-five leaders in both categories and was named to the league's First Team and All-Defensive squad.
After averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during his inaugural collegiate season, forward Danuel House was an easy selection as the C-USA Freshman of the Year.