Sept. 14, 2012
HOUSTON - Eighteen home games, including the renewal of a rivalry against a former Southwest Conference opponent, highlight the University of Houston 2012-13 Men's Basketball schedule, head coach James Dickey announced Friday evening.
The Cougars will play 17 regular-season home games as well as the exhibition opener against Concordia on Nov. 6 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Times for all games will be announced shortly after the television schedule is finalized with the Conference USA office.
Houston has won at least 10 games inside Hofheinz Pavilion during each of the last eight seasons. It is the longest streak of that kind since the Cougars opened the facility with nine straight 10-win seasons from 1969 to 1978.
"We are excited to announce our schedule for the 2012-13 season. Our great fans will have many chances to see our team play in Hofheinz Pavilion all year long," said head coach James Dickey, who begins his third season with the Cougars. "Our players and coaches worked hard during the spring and the summer and are looking forward to the official start of practice."
Houston begins official team workouts at 5 p.m., Oct. 12, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
TEXAS A&M DEC. 1
In one of the most anticipated games of the season, the Cougars play host to Texas A&M on Dec. 1. With 83 meetings in the all-time series, the Cougars have played no team more in their storied history than Texas A&M.
However, it will be the first time since Dec. 27, 2003, that the Aggies have visited Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars own a 53-30 lead in the all-time series against Texas A&M, including a 36-8 mark in Houston. Houston has won each of its three home games against Texas A&M and not lost in its home facility against the Aggies since Jan. 19, 1994.
"Playing a rival like Texas A&M in Hofheinz Pavilion will be one of the highlights of our home schedule," Dickey said. "This was a tremendous rivalry when both teams played in the Southwest Conference, and we look forward to resuming this series with the Aggies."
The two teams met at least once every year from the 1974-75 season through the 1995-96 campaign as Southwest Conference rivals.
Following their lone exhibition game, the Cougars open the season on Nov. 9 against Florida A&M. After a road contest at San Jose State (Nov. 13), Houston meets Grambling State (Nov. 17) and Louisiana College (Nov. 19). The month of November wraps up with road games at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Prairie View A&M.
Houston fans will have plenty of chances to see the Cougars at home during the month of December. After the showdown vs. Texas A&M and a road game at TCU (Dec. 4), Houston will compete in four straight home games. The home swing begins on Dec. 8 against Texas Southern, continues Dec. 15 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and Dec. 22 vs. Chicago State and wraps up on Dec. 29 vs. Prairie View A&M.
The non-conference season concludes on Jan. 3 against Texas-Pan American inside Hofheinz Pavilion. From there, the team breaks into its C-USA schedule with eight home games and eight road games on the docket.
The Cougars play host to SMU (Jan. 9), UCF (Jan. 19), Tulsa (Jan. 23), UAB (Jan. 26), Tulane (Feb. 9), UTEP (Feb. 13), Marshall (March 2) and crosstown-rival Rice (March 6) inside Hofheinz Pavilion during league play.
On the road, Houston travels to face Southern Miss (Jan. 12), East Carolina (Jan. 16), Rice (Jan. 30), Tulsa (Feb. 16), Memphis (Feb. 20), UTEP (Feb. 27) and Tulane (March 9.)
CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP
Following the regular season, the Cougars return to Tulsa to compete at the Conference USA Championship on March 13-16. It will be Houston's final appearance at the league's postseason event as a member of Conference USA. Houston will compete as a member of the BIG EAST Conference beginning in 2013-14.
Cougar fans should have good memories of the program's last postseason visit to Tulsa. In 2010, the Cougars reeled off four wins in as many days to win the Conference USA Tournament championship and earn the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1992.
MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS AND PARKING
Men's Basketball season tickets are now on sale in the Athletics Ticket Office. Fans who purchase season tickets save almost 30 percent off the single-game cost with prices starting as low as $135 each.
With the Cougars' move to the BIG EAST Conference and a planned $40 million renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion, fans are encouraged to purchase their season tickets early. Premium seating options in the new facility will be given first to those fans with a history of purchasing season tickets.
"We will be loyal to those fans who have teamed with us as season-ticket holders," Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "We must and will remember those fans who stood with us from the beginning as premium seating options are distributed."
To 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.
Fans can buy season tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
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 or click here.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Under the leadership of Dickey and his coaching staff, the Cougars signed one of the nation's elite recruiting classes. This highly heralded group is ranked among the top 25 classes by three national media organizations.
As the program prepares to move into the BIG EAST Conference for the 2013-14 season, these talented newcomers will play key roles in the Cougars' success in, arguably, the best basketball conference in the country.
With the addition of national recruit Danuel House, the Cougars will have three recent members of the ESPU 100. House joins sophomores and 2012 Conference USA All-Freshman Team members TaShawn Thomas and Joseph Young.