Coach Kelvin Sampson to Speak to UH Fort Bend Alumni Club

Sept. 15, 2014

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HOUSTON - University of Houston's Fort Bend Alumni Club will enjoy a guest speaker when the group holds its monthly Happy Hour on Thursday evening.

Men's Basketball Head Coach Kelvin Sampson will speak to club members at Fernando's Restaurant (14135 Southwest Freeway, between Sugar Creek Blvd., and Williams Trace). Sampson, who begins his first season at Houston in 2014-15, will look ahead to the upcoming season as the Cougars prepare to compete in the American Athletic Conference, one of the nation's premier basketball leagues.

Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, and will run until approximately 7:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be served, and Happy Hour prices will be offered.

In 25 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Sampson has compiled 500 wins and led 13 teams to the NCAA Tournament, including the 2002 NCAA Final Four. He was twice honored as the National Coach of the Year and was named a conference Coach of the Year four times by three different leagues.

Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 for the entire 17-game home schedule.

Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here or by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.

To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Under Sampson's leadership, the Cougars will play host in showdowns against defending NCAA national champion UConn, defending American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati, SMU, Memphis, Rice and more.

Eight teams on Houston's schedule - UConn (32), Cincinnati (27), Harvard (27), SMU (27), Memphis (24), Murray State (23), Boise State (21) and Tulsa (21) - won at least 20 games a year ago with five of those - UConn, Harvard, Memphis, Cincinnati and Tulsa - competing in the NCAA Tournament.

Sampson inherits a team that returns five lettermen and three starters. Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers enters 2014-15 as the Cougars' leading returning scorer with 11.2 points per game and has established himself as one of the premier 3-point shooters in school history.

Junior point guard L.J. Rose totaled 8.9 points per game and led Houston and the American Athletic Conference with 5.5 assists per contest during his first season in the Scarlet and White. Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles gave Houston fans glimpses of a promising future with 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a redshirt freshman in 2013-14.

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