Senior guard Darian Thibodeaux
Nov. 6, 2011
| CONCORDIA TORNADOS (0-0)|
at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0)
|Time||7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas|
|Series History||First meeting|
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball takes its first step of the 2011-12 season when it plays host to Concordia University at 7 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
This will be the first of 19 home games that the Cougars will host this season. Houston has enjoyed tremendous success in its home facility in recent years, posting at least 10 wins during each of the last seven seasons. That's the first time the Cougars have accomplished that feat since the facility opened with nine consecutive 10-win seasons from 1969 to 1978.
Four veterans will be joined by eight newcomers on the team in 2011-12. Sophomore forward Alandise Harris is the Cougars' leading returning scorer and rebounder from a year ago and will be joined in the Houston frontcourt by junior forward Kirk Van Slyke.
Senior guard Darian Thibodeaux was the only player to start all 30 games last season and finished second in school single-season history, hitting 44 percent of his 3-point attempts
Off the court, sophomore Mikhail McLean was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Season tickets are now available at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. General admission season tickets begin as low as $135, while reserved seating season tickets start as low as $195
Families also will enjoy the Family Fun Plan. For only $299, families receive two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets in the Family Fun Plan can be purchased for $75 each
In the Satisfaction Guaranteed plan, fans who purchase men's season tickets by Nov. 30 and are not satisfied with their game-day experience can return their remaining tickets by Feb. 1 and receive a full refund
Fans can order their season tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links.
The Cougars open the regular season at 7 p.m., Saturday, when they meet Grambling State in Hofheinz Pavilion. That game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis.
Fans also can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
The Tornadoes were picked to finish fourth in the American Southwest Conference Preseason Poll. Head coach Stan Bonewitz, who is also serving as Concordia's Interim Director of Athletics, is back for his eighth year on the sidelines. The Tornados have led the ASC in scoring the last five seasons with the 2010-11 squad ranking second nationally with more than 92.0 points per game.
Concordia returns four players who garnered postseason recognition by the league last season. Josh Johnson and Darius Anderson were named to the All-Defensive and All-Freshman squads, respectively, while Nick Haynes and Kenny Williams received Honorable Mention accolades.