Sept. 5, 2007
Houston - The University of Houston announced its 2007-08 men's basketball schedule that includes non-conference home games against perennial powerhouses Kentucky and Arizona, a trip to the Puerto Rico Tip Off tournament and 16 Conference USA games featuring home and home match-ups against Memphis, UTEP, Rice, UCF and SMU.
"The schedule is a little different this year in that for the first time we will have more home games than road games, but we have some tough opponents coming in here," Houston head coach Tom Penders said.
Houston opens the 2007-08 season playing host to Morehead State on Nov. 9 at 8:00 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader with the UH women's basketball team. The Lady Cougars play host to Texas Southern.
Then, the Cougars travel to San Juan on Nov. 15-18, where they will play in the Puerto Rico Tip Off. The other teams in the tournament include Arkansas, Miami, Providence, Temple, VCU, College of Charleston and Marist.
After returning from Puerto Rico, Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion to play eight straight home games before traveling to Boston and playing Massachusetts on Jan. 2. The home stand begins on Nov. 21 against Texas Southern, and continues with Grambling State on Nov. 24, Coastal Carolina on Nov. 26, Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 1, Toledo on Dec. 4, Southern University on Dec. 8 and Kentucky on Dec. 18. Houston concludes its home stand follow playing host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 29.
The Cougars conclude their non-conference schedule with the game against Arizona on Jan. 12.
Houston begins its 16-game Conference USA slate at SMU on Jan. 16 before returning home to play host to UTEP on Jan. 19. After play crosstown rival Rice in Reliant Arena on Jan. 23, the Cougars play two straight home games versus Marshall on Jan. 26 and Memphis on Jan. 30.
The Cougars open the month of February on the road when they travel to UCF on Feb. 2. After playing host to Tulsa on Feb. 6, Houston will travel to Tulane on Feb. 9 and Memphis on Feb. 13. Houston returns home to play host to SMU on Feb. 16, travels to UAB on Feb. 20 before closing out the month with two home games against Rice and Southern Miss. The Cougars play host to the Owls on Feb. 23 and Southern Miss on Feb. 27.
Houston closes out the regular season with two of its last three games on the road. The Cougars travel to East Carolina on Mar. 1 and at UTEP on Mar. 8. UH plays its final regular season home game against UCF on Mar. 5.
The Cougars will travel to Memphis Mar. 12-15 and play in the Conference USA Championship Tournament at the FedEx Forum.
"This is the most attractive home schedule we have had when you look at our conference and non-conference games," Penders added. ""I don't know of too many schools that play two national powers in non-conference home games in the same year. Then, when you look at the improvements of teams in our league, we are playing some of the top Conference USA teams at home as well."