Dec. 27, 2013
HOUSTON - In an effort to best accommodate fans, former players and the family of Guy V. Lewis, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program will celebrate Guy V. Lewis Night on Wednesday, Feb. 5, before the Cougars take on defending national champion Louisville inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The special event was originally planned prior to the Cougars' game vs. American Athletic Conference rival Cincinnati. However, after consideration by Houston Athletics administrators and members of the Lewis family, it was decided to move Guy V. Lewis Night to Feb. 5 against Louisville.
The Cougars regularly faced Louisville as members of Conference USA from 1997 to 2004 and squared off in a legendary game during the 1983 NCAA Final Four in Albuquerque, N.M.
Lewis and his family will be recognized for his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony on the court with his former players on Feb. 5. It will be the first time that Lewis has been honored for achievement inside Hofheinz Pavilion on the court that bears his name.
"With so much going at this time of year, we realized that Coach Lewis, his family, his former players, our fans and our students would be best served by moving Guy V. Lewis Night to Feb. 5 against Louisville," Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "As we celebrate his latest achievement, it seems appropriate to do so on a night our team faces Louisville and Coach Rick Pitino, who joined Coach Lewis in the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013. Our rivalry with Louisville has always been an exciting one, and we look forward to resuming it in Houston on this special night with Coach Lewis, his family and fans. "
The first 5,000 fans at the Feb. 5 game will receive free commemorative red and white polka-dot towels. Lewis was well known for carrying the colorful towels on the sidelines throughout his legendary career.
ABOUT GUY V. LEWIS
From 1956 to 1986, Lewis won nearly 600 games, led his teams to five NCAA Final Fours, including a pair of appearances in the National Championship Game, competed in 14 NCAA Tournaments and won six Southwest Conference titles.
Best known as the Father of Phi Slama Jama - one of college basketball's greatest and most exciting teams - Lewis mentored 15 All-Americans, including National Players of the Year Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon - and 11 NBA Draft First-Round selections.
When the NBA released its Top-50 Greatest Players list, which included Hayes, Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, Lewis joined North Carolina's Dean Smith as the only college to lead three players from that exclusive group.
Lewis was an influential leader for college basketball away from the court as well. As the architect of the Game of the Century against No. 1 UCLA inside the Houston Astrodome, he laid the foundation for the worldwide popularity that college basketball fans love and enjoy during March Madness annually.
He also played a key figure in the integration of college basketball in the South, successfully recruiting and welcoming Hayes and Don Chaney, the first African-American student-athletes in the history of Houston Men's Basketball and some of the earliest African-American players in the region.
Lewis became the fourth Cougar to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Hayes, Olajuwon and Drexler.
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