HOUSTON -- As the University of Houston Men's Basketball program moves closer to its exhibition opener, fans can catch their first glimpse of the team during the Red-White Scrimmage at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Admission is free, and all fans are invited to attend the scrimmage. For the Red-White Scrimmage, seating will be open in the Hofheinz Pavilion bowl with no floor seating available.
The Cougars will be divided into two teams and square off against one another. While his assistant coaches run the teams, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson will move back and forth between each squad with plans for him to be miked up during the game.
Houston returns four starters and six lettermen from last season's squad, which won 13 games, including a 70-68 decision against defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston steadily improved throughout the season, winning four of their final five games.
The Red-White Scrimmage will be part of a busy day around the Houston Athletics Complex. After checking out the Houston Men's Basketball program, Houston fans can walk across the street as the 21st-ranked Houston Football program takes on Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt at 6 p.m., Oct. 31, inside TDECU Stadium.
The Cougars open the 2015-16 season when they play host to Montana Tech at 7 p.m., Nov. 13. From there, Houston officially tips off the year when it meets Prairie View A&M a 7 p.m., Nov. 18, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Season tickets are now on sale by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling 713-462-6647 during regular business hours.
Before the Red-White Scrimmage, the Cougars will take their games to University of Houston student for Halloween Hoops from 6 to 8 p.m., inside the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
All UH students are invited to this free event, which features Hot Shots, 3-point and dunk contests, a costume contest and much more.
Sampson has emphasized the importance of student attendance inside Hofheinz Pavilion at all Houston Men's Basketball games with Halloween Hoops as a great way for UH students to meet the student-athletes and staff.
SECURE SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can connect with Fan Experience Headquarters by phone, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 713-462-6647 and can purchase tickets online 24/7 at UHCougars.com/tickets.
Reserved 1 season tickets are now available for $250 per seat for all 18 regular-season home games, while Reserved 2 season tickets can be purchased for $150 per seat, a cost of $8.33 per game.
As an added benefit, fans who purchase Reserved 1 Men's Basketball season tickets will receive the same number of Houston Women's Basketball season tickets FREE.
For the first time in 2015-16, fans also can purchase $99 Anytime season tickets. With Anytime season tickets, fans will receive one ticket for each of the 18 regular-season home games at a cost of only $5.50 per game.
From there, fans can use their Anytime tickets any way they like. They can use one ticket for each home game or take 17 friends to one home game or any combination in between.
As always, current University of Houston students are admitted free with valid IDs to Houston Men's Basketball games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can view a Hofheinz Pavilion map with season-ticket pricing by clicking here.
Fans should stay tuned to UHCougars.com and Houston Men's Basketball social media sites for the latest information about ticket sales.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
The Cougars return six lettermen and four starters from last year's team, which recorded 13 wins and knocked off defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the second consecutive year.
Battling injuries throughout the season, the Cougars enjoyed a late-season surge, winning four of their final five games, including the lone upset in the American Athletic Conference Championship First Round in Hartford, Conn.
Senior guard LeRon Barnes, the Cougars' lone 3-year letterwinner, returns after ranking among The American's top-10 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding, while senior forward Devonta Pollard enters the 2015-16 campaign as the Cougars' top returning scorer with 11.4 points per game.
Junior forward Danrad Knowles ranked third on the team in both scoring and rebounding, and senior guard L.J Rose looks for his third 100+ assist season while wearing the Scarlet and White.
Houston also welcomes the return of junior guard Ronnie Johnson and junior forward Bertrand Nkali to competition. Both players practiced with the Cougars but sat out the 2014-15 season after Johnson transferred from Purdue and Nkali missed the year with an injury.
The Cougars will be boosted by the addition of five newcomers to the team, including freshman guard Galen Robinson (Westbury Christian/Houston); sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. (Howard JC/Forest City, N.C.); junior guard Damyean Dotson (Oregon/Houston); junior forward Xavier Dupree (Paris JC/Houston) and junior center Kyle Meyer (Eastern Florida State College/Atlanta).
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