Houston Announces 2014-15 Non-Conference Slate
July 18, 2014
HOUSTON--- The Cougars will go up against three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and host four schools from the state of Texas in non-conference play this season, as first-year head coach Ronald Hughey unveiled Houston's 2014-15 non-conference schedule on Friday.
Houston will play eight non-league games away from Hofheinz Pavilion and will open the regular season on the road for just the third time in the last nine years, kicking off the 2013-14 campaign at North Texas on Nov. 14. The eight games away from home mark the most non-conference away or neutral site contests the Cougars have had on their schedule since the 2010-11 season.
In addition to the Cougars' three true road games, UH will participate in two tournaments, accounting for five neutral site contests, with one tournament being played in San Juan, Puerto Rico over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 27-28) and one being hosted by in-state rival Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas Dec. 19-21. The two events mark the most regular season tournaments the Cougars have participated in since the 2004-05 campaign, while the five non-conference neutral affairs are the most since the 2001-02 season.
"We're really looking forward to getting things going vs. Huston-Tillotson on Nov. 7," Hughey said. "In all honesty, we're just excited to get out and compete this season. It doesn't matter who we play or where we play, our goal will be to get out on the floor and get better every single day."
"We'll be on the road a great deal, playing some good teams in some tough environments. Our hope is that these games will prepare us for what will be a very tough and competitive American Athletic Conference schedule."
Fans will get their first chance to see the 2014-15 Cougars in action on Nov. 7, as the Cougars will play host to Huston-Tillotson in an exhibition affair, before heading to Denton, Texas and opening the new season with North Texas on Nov. 14, a squad Houston defeated 66-61 a year ago.
The Cougars will then return home to Hofheinz Pavilion to take on in-state foe Incarnate Word on Nov. 17, in what will mark UH's regular season home opener, before heading down the road to play Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 22.
Houston will then close out the month of November with back-to-back contests in San Juan, Puerto Rico, taking part in its first-ever matchup with Idaho State on Nov.27, before closing out the tournament with the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions from a year ago in James Madison (Nov. 28). The Dukes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year after upsetting sixth-seeded Gonzaga, 72-63, in the opening round.
The Cougars will then return home to play host to crosstown rival Rice on Dec. 3 before playing consecutive contests against teams who qualified for the NCAA Tournament a year ago, in Prairie View A&M on Dec. 7 (Defending SWAC Tournament Champions) and at 2014 Elite Eight qualifier, Texas A&M on Dec. 13.
The Cougars earned a decisive 74-46 victory over the Panthers last year, while they dropped a close, 63-51 contest to the then 12th ranked Aggies. The Texas A&M contest will concluded a challenging four-game stretch where UH will have matched up with three postseason teams from last season.
Houston will round out its non-conference slate with a three-game weekend tournament in Lubbock, Texas from Dec. 19-21st. UH will play host Texas Tech, Nicholls State, and UTSA during the three days.
The league office is expected to release the Cougars' 2013-14 American Athletic Conference schedule in early August. All times for non-conference games are still to be determined.
FIVE NON-CONFERENCE GAMES TO WATCH FOR
Nov. 14 at North Texas - Season opener and first game in the new "Ronald Hughey Era"...will mark Hughey's first contest as a Division I head coach...last year's meeting with North Texas marked Houston's first victory of the season.
Nov. 17 vs. Incarnate Word- Houston's home opener...one of just three regular season non-conference home affairs for the Cougars.
Nov. 28 vs. James Madison (San Juan, Puerto Rico)- represents Houston's first test against an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago.
Dec. 3 vs. Rice- Will be the 61st all-time meeting between the two crosstown rivals...UH leads the all-time series 50-10, while sporting a 23-3 all-time home mark against the Owls...Cougars have won three straight contests over Rice.
Dec. 13 at Texas A&M- More than likely UH's toughest test on the non-conference slate...Aggies advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season...were ranked No. 10 in the nation in the final regular season poll and boasted an RPI of seven.
FULL 2014-15 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Nov. 7 HUSTON-TILLOTSON (exhibition)
*Home Games in BOLD CAPS
ABOUT THE 2014-15 COUGARS
Since joining the program as its newest head coach back in April, Ronald Hughey and the rest of the UH coaching staff have been hard at work on the recruiting circuit.
The Cougars finalized their 2014-15 recruiting class a couple of months ago with the signing of guard Mariah Mitchell (McKinney, Texas), who was a three-time all-district team member during her time at McKinney High School. She joins Fatima Adams (Bryan, Texas), Moesha Kinard (New Iberia, La.), DeJah Joshua (Gary, Ind.), Janee Arnold (Tulsa, Okla.) and Sandra Davis (Odenton, MD), to make up the rest of this year's signing class.
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