HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program released a pair of schedule changes on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cougars now will face South Carolina State at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 19. In addition, Houston's Dec. 28 contest against Mississippi Valley State will tip off at 4 p.m., inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Those two games, like all the non-conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, will air on ESPN3. This season, 27 regular-season games will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, CBS Sports Network and the ESPN family of networks.
They also will be just two of 17 regular-season home games for the Cougars inside Hofheinz Pavilion during the 2014-15 season. Under new Head Coach Kelvin 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.
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section 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 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.
Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.
Fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket 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.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket 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.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Sampson became the ninth coach in school history with his hiring in April. In 25 seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled 500 victories while leading his teams to 13 NCAA Tournaments, including the 2002 NCAA Final Four.
As head coach at Oklahoma from 1994 to 2006, he guided the Sooners to four conference titles and 10 consecutive 20-win seasons.
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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