Oct. 7, 2013
HOUSTON - As the University of Houston Men's Basketball team continues its preparations for the 2013-14 season, fans have a chance to receive a unique piece of memorabilia with the purchase of season tickets.
Fans who buy season tickets will receive at least one bobblehead doll of legendary Houston head coach and recent Hall of Fame inductee Guy V. Lewis. As the number of season tickets purchased increases, so will the number of bobbleheads.
Fans who buy one to three (1-3) season tickets will receive one bobblehead. Fans who purchase four to five (4-5) season tickets will receive two bobbleheads. Fans who buy six or more (6+) season tickets will receive three bobbleheads. Fans who purchase suites inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the entire season will receive five (5) bobbleheads.
To order suites, fans should call the Cougar Pride office at 713-743-Go-UH (4684) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrators are working with companies now to design the bobblehead. Fans should stay tuned to UHCougars.com and Houston Athletics' social media sites for the latest bobblehead photos and distribution information.
Competing in the new American Athletic Conference for the first time, the Cougars will play 17 home games inside historic Hofheinz Pavilion this season, including games against perennial powers UConn, Cincinnati, Temple, Memphis and defending national champion Louisville.
Houston faces each member of the 10-team conference in home-and-away contests, beginning 8 p.m., Dec. 31 against UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Each of the Cougars' 18 American Athletic Conference regular-season games will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports Network.
The season opens at 7 p.m., Nov. 5 with an exhibition contest against St. Thomas. The regular season tips off Nov. 8 against Texas State with both games inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
BUY SEASON TICKETS
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $195, while Reserved season tickets start for only $280. Families can purchase the Memorial Hermann Family Fun Plan of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets can be purchased for only $399.
In addition to the 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, the Cougars' season-ticket package also includes both games of the Lone Star Showcase inside Toyota Center. Houston meets crosstown rival Rice at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 21, in the first game with Texas A&M facing Oklahoma at 6 p.m., Dec. 21, in the nightcap.
Purchasing Houston Men's Basketball season tickets provides admission to both games of this exciting twinbill.
Fans should remember that purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets will help their standing in the Cougar Pride Priority Point System, which determines seating priority in the new Houston Football Stadium when it opens in August 2014.
Fans receive two Priority Points per sport per account when purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets, and every Priority Point improves each fan's ranking in the System.
HOW TO ORDER
To purchase season tickets, fans can call 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275), 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, buy online 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 email@example.com. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
Fans are encouraged to purchase their season tickets early for the best seats in the house.
ABOUT COACH Guy V. Lewis
After an award-winning playing career at Houston, Lewis served as an assistant for his coach Alden Pasche before assuming the head coaching position in 1956.
During the next 30 years, he assembled a resume that featured a 592-279 record, five NCAA Final Four appearances, including three straight from 1982 to 1984, six Southwest Conference championships, 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and 17 postseason berths.
He coached some of the greatest names in Houston and college basketball history, including 1968 National Player of the Year Elvin Hayes and All-Americans Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler in the early 1980s as part of the legendary Phi Slama Jama teams
In 1996, those three players were named part of the NBA's Top 50 Greatest Players list, making Lewis and North Carolina's Dean Smith the only head coaches to work with three players from that illustrious group in college.
To this day, Lewis remains one of only seven coaches in NCAA history to compete in nine or more Final Four games with one program (24, John Wooden, UCLA; 19, Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; 19, Dean Smith, North Carolina; 11, Adolph Rupp, Kentucky; 10 Denny Crum, Louisville and 9 Bob Knight, Indiana).
For his impressive achievements throughout his career, Lewis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September. He joined Hayes, Olajuwon and Drexler as the fourth Cougar to be enshrined.
COUGAR RED MADNESS
Fans are invited to catch their first glimpse of the Men's and Women's teams during Cougar Red Madness. This exciting, annual event begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, inside the Yeoman Fieldhouse in the Athletics/Alumni Center.
All fans are invited to this FREE event. Current UH students will receive free food and t-shirts while supplies last.
Dickey and Women's Head Coach Todd Buchanan will introduce the student-athletes from their respective teams, and players from both teams will take part in games throughout the night, including a 3-point shooting competition, a slam dunk contest and a 2-ball competition, featuring lucky students.
A year ago, House claimed the title in the slam-dunk contest, while Women's guard Porsche Landry took home the title in the 3-point shooting event. Now, the Men want to own both crowns, but the Women aren't ready to relinquish their title.