Houston Meets McNeese in Season Opener

Nov. 8, 2017

McNEESE COWBOYS (0-0 • 0-0 Southland)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 7 p.m. • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Location H&PE Arena (8,100) • Houston
Tickets BUY Tickets
Promotions Gameday Promotions Schedule
FREE schedule magnets to first
   500 fans
Parking Parking Map & Info
FREE shuttle begins at 5:30 p.m.,
   in Lot 12A at TDECU Stadium
Television ESPN3
David Saltzman, play-by-play
Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Game Notes Houston Notes
McNeese Notes
The American Notes
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HOUSTON -- Fresh off a big exhibition win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team opens the 2017-18 season when it plays host to McNeese at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Health & PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern University in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.

The Cougars enter their opener on the heels of an impressive 97-80 win over Angelo State on Sunday afternoon. Houston scored the game's first nine points and built as much as a 29-point lead in the second half.

Against the Rams, senior forward Nura Zanna and sophomore center Chris Harris Jr. led five Cougars in double digits with 13 points apiece. Freshman forward Fabian White Jr. added a game-high nine rebounds, while guards Corey Davis Jr. and Rob Gray topped the Cougars with five assists apiece.

The Cougars are competing in their fourth season under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, who has posted a 22-2 all-time record in season openers during his career, including 3-0 mark during his tenure in Houston. His teams have won by an average of nearly 23.0 points per game in season openers during his career.

Fans can purchase tickets for 15 regular-season games inside H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern begin as low as $100. Fans can purchase season tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Fans are encouraged to use the FREE parking shuttle to H&PE Arena during the 2017-18 season. Shuttle service begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.

Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.

Fans can park for $5 while spaces are available in the TSU garage adjacent to H&PE Arena. Fans wishing to pay for parking should enter the garage off Blodgett Street.

• Cougars will compete in their 73rd season opener on Friday night.
• Houston has posted a 52-20 record in season openers during its history.
• Cougars have won their last eight and 12 of their last 13 season openers... Only a 65-63 loss to Georgia Southern on the first day of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in Durham, N.C., prevents a longer streak.
• Houston has won handily in recent history, winning their last eight season openers by an average of 21.9 points per game... That includes back-to-back 41-point wins against Prairie View A&M (110-69, Nov. 18, 2015) and Morgan State (93-52, Nov. 11, 2016).
Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 with David Saltzman calling the play-by-play action and Houston Basketball great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans also can see the game by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can hear Friday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Fame legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. Fans also can hear the game online by visiting UHCougars.com/allaccess and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

• Following Friday's season opener, the Cougars return to action when they compete at the Paradise Jam, hosted by Liberty on Nov. 17-19 inside the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va.
• Tournament was originally scheduled to be played in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, but damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria forced event to be moved.
• Cougars open tournament at 1:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 17 against Drexel.
• From there, will play winner-loser of Mercer/Liberty at 11 a.m., or 5 p.m., Nov. 18.
• Tournament wraps up at on Nov. 19.
• Cougars return to Houston to play host to UIW at 7 p.m., Nov. 25, inside H&PE Arena.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
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.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.



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