Sept. 24, 2010
HOUSTON - Sixteen home games highlight the University of Houston men's basketball team's 2010-11 schedule, head coach James Dickey announced Friday afternoon.
Dickey and his staff joined the Cougars in April, working diligently and quickly to both sign an impressive five-man recruiting class and assemble the program's 2010-11 schedule.
"Scheduling is always important for us," Dickey said. "We work hard to build a challenging schedule that is competitive with a mixture of regional and national opponents."
Dickey and his staff worked closely with Houston Athletics administrators and representatives from the Conference USA office to create a schedule that all groups approved.
"Administrators and coaches from Houston and Conference USA worked together, and we are pleased with this challenging schedule," Conference USA Associate Commissioner for Sports Services Chris Woolard said. "With a nice mix of home and away games, this should be a good test for the Cougars as they prepare for C-USA play.
"Your scheduling plan is different every season. As Coach Dickey and his staff continue to build their program, the schedule will continue to progress. We have a plan to upgrade our schedules to fit the needs of our programs each year."
With the completion of the 2010-11 schedule, Dickey and his staff already are working on plans for the future.
"Opportunities for television and marquee tournaments will be priorities as we move forward with future schedules," Dickey said.
Fans should note that times and dates on the schedule are subject to change. The Cougars, in conjunction with the Conference USA office, will announce their television schedule soon. Fans should visit UHCougars.com for the latest information about the Cougars' 2010-11 schedule.
Before officially starting the season, the Cougars face Abilene Christian in an exhibition game on Nov. 6 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars tip off the regular season Nov. 12 when they play host to Nicholls State. Two days later, the team welcomes Alcorn State to Hofheinz Pavilion as part of a Houston basketball doubleheader. The women meet UT Arlington in the second game of the day.
After a road meeting with Louisiana Tech (Nov. 17), the Cougars return home to face Northwestern Oklahoma State (Nov. 20) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 23).
Houston then faces three straight road contests to close out the month of November and open the month of December. The Cougars travel to Fort Worth to meet TCU on Nov. 27 before heading to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU (Nov. 30). From there, the team opens the month of December against Sam Houston State on Dec. 4.
The Cougars wrap up December with home games in four of their five games. Nevada (Dec. 6) and UTSA (Dec. 11) visit Hofheinz Pavilion before the Cougars take a brief road trip to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 18.
Houston concludes the year 2010 at home with a rematch against Sam Houston State (Dec. 21) and Rogers State on Dec. 30.
With the new year comes the start of Conference USA play. Houston will play home-and-away series against Rice, UTEP, SMU, Tulsa and Tulane with single games against Southern Miss, UCF, East Carolina, Marshall, UAB and Memphis.
The Cougars open league action on Jan. 5 against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss. Houston also hits the road to face SMU (Jan. 15), Rice (Jan. 26), East Carolina (Jan. 29), Tulsa (Feb. 5), UTEP (Feb. 19), Memphis (Feb. 22) and Tulane (March 2).
The Cougars face UCF in the C-USA home opener on Jan. 8 with visits from Tulsa (Jan. 19), UTEP (Jan. 22), Marshall (Feb. 1), Tulane (Feb. 12), SMU (Feb. 16), UAB (Feb. 26) and Rice (March 5).
For the first time, the C-USA Championship will be hosted by UTEP on March 9-12 in El Paso, Texas. The Cougars look to defend their C-USA Championship title with the winner of the league's annual postseason event earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Cougars have made postseason appearances in five of the last six seasons.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
A year ago, the Cougars used a strong surge at the end of the season to win four straight games in as many days to claim the GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades.
With seven returning players from that team and an award-winning signing class, Dickey and his coaches are planning for an exciting 2010-11 campaign.
Houston has enjoyed tremendous success in front of the hometown fans inside Hofheinz Pavilion during recent years. The Cougars have won at least 10 home games in each of the last six seasons, a first since the facility opened with nine consecutive 10+-win home seasons.
Fans can purchase men's basketball season tickets now. General admission season tickets sell for only $135, while reserved season tickets can be purchased for only $195.
Fans also can buy the Family Fun Plan, which includes two adult and two youth general admission season tickets, for only $299. Additional youth season tickets can be purchased for only $75 each in the Plan.
Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball season tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy season tickets today.