|UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES (0-0 0-0 PBC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Tickets||BUY Tickets Tickets Info|
|Time||7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program takes its first step of the 2016-17 season when the Cougars play host to UNC Pembroke at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
Saturday's game will be the first of two exhibition contests for the Cougars this season. After facing Morgan State on Nov. 11 in the regular-season opener, Houston also meets Angelo State at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 with both games inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars, who finished 22-10 and competed in the postseason NIT for the first time in a decade a year ago, were picked to finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference Coaches Preseason Poll, only one point behind third-place SMU.
In addition, the Cougars put two student-athletes on the Preseason All-Conference Team with senior guard Damyean Dotson earning First-Team honors and junior guard Rob Gray Jr. being named to the Second Team. Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. also returns after being named to the 2016 All-Rookie Team and becoming only the sixth freshman in school history to dish out 100+ assists in a single season.
Houston will compete in 18 home games in 2016-17 during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. No. 18/16 UConn, No. 23/24 Rhode Island and rv/No. 25 Cincinnati are each ranked among the nation's top-25 leaders, while Harvard, Arkansas and SMU are receiving votes in at least one poll.
Following the 2016-17 season, renovations of $60 million will transfer Hofheinz Pavilion into the Fertitta Center, scheduled to open during the 2018-19 season. That project was made possible by a generous $20 million donation from UH System Board of Regents Chairman Tilman J. Fertitta and his family.
Fans traveling to Saturday's game should note that Interstate 45 in downtown Houston between Interstate 10 and US 59 will be closed all weekend.
Fans are encouraged to leave early and plan accordingly in dealing with traffic as construction continues.
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
Fans can watch Saturday's game live via Houston All-Access by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to watch the game online.
Following Saturday's exhibition game, the Cougars open their regular-season schedule when they play host to Morgan State at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the Cougars compete in their second exhibition contest of the year when they meet Angelo State at 7 p.m., Nov. 16, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
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