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HOUSTON - Seven regular-season home games and two exhibition contests inside Hofheinz Pavilion during its final season highlight the University of Houston Men’s Basketball 2016-17 non-conference schedule, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Tuesday.
The Cougars, who finished 22-10 and competed in the National Invitational Tournament for the first time in a decade a year ago, return three starters, including All-American Athletic Conference Team performer and Yates High School product Damyean Dotson and All-Rookie Team member and Houston native Galen Robinson, Jr.
Houston opens the year Nov. 5 when it faces UNC Pembroke inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the team’s first exhibition contest. That game will have special meaning for Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, who was an award-winning basketball and baseball star with the Braves from 1974 to 1978.
THE NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
The Cougars open the 2016-17 regular season when they play host to Morgan State on Nov. 11. From there, Houston takes on Angelo State on Nov. 16 in their second exhibition contest of the young season before heading to Estero, Fla., to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase
Competing inside Germain Arena, the Cougars open the three-day tournament at 6:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 21, against George Mason. Houston will then face the winner/loser of Kent State-South Dakota on Nov. 22 with the final game coming against Vermont, Wofford, Hofstra or Bradley at a time to be determined on Nov. 23.
Following Thanksgiving, the Cougars meet Ivy League opponent Cornell on Nov. 26 and then head east on Interstate 10 to take on LSU on Nov. 29 in Baton Rouge, La., in their first road contest of the year.
After meeting Prairie View A&M on Dec. 3 inside Hofheinz Pavilion, the Cougars hit the road again to take on Arkansas on Dec. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. From there, the Cougars close out their non-conference, regular-season schedule with four straight home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion against Rhode Island (Dec. 10), UT Rio Grande Valley (Dec. 17), Liberty (Dec. 21) and Harvard (Dec. 23).
Game times as well as the complete American Athletic Conference schedule will be announced soon as television networks select their games.
SEASON TICKETS RENEWAL
Current season-ticket holders now have the opportunity to renew their seats for the 2016-17 season. Season-ticket holders can visit uhcougars.com/mbbrenew, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and renew their season tickets online.
Current season-ticket holders have until Sept. 5 to renew their seats inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans will be able to purchase new season tickets beginning in mid-September online at UHCougars.com or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
FERTITTA CENTER COMING SOON
Thanks to a generous $20 million gift from University of Houston Board of Regents Chairman Tilman J. Fertitta and his family, the Cougars will compete in the Fertitta Center during the 2018-19 season.
Following the 2016-17 season, Hofheinz Pavilion will undergo a $60 million renovation. The Fertitta Center will feature a premium club area and a courtside club. The reconfigured bowl will move mid-court seating locations closer to game action with floor-level seating opposite the team benches for UH students.
Renovations include a new audio system, sports lighting and video boards as well as new concession stands and expanded restrooms. The facility’s exterior also will be refreshed.
ABOUT the COUGARS
Houston was one of only two teams in the league, which defeated every American Athletic Conference rival at least once during the regular season.
With only the 15th 22-win season in school history, the Cougars boasted a 9-game improvement from their 13-19 mark in 2014-15. That total ranked as the 13th-highest improvement among 351 NCAA Division I schools in 2015-16.
2016-17 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
While the American Athletic Conference schedule has not yet been announced, the Cougars will play eight of its 10 league rival twice and the two remaining rivals once each – one at home and one on the road.
Houston will face Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, UConn and USF in home and away contests. The Cougars will face Temple inside Hofheinz Pavilion while competing against USF in Tampa, Fla., only.
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