Houston Unveils 2014-15 Conference Slate
Aug. 28, 2014
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Houston will play nine conference home contests and nine road matches, taking on each of the 10 league foes twice --once at home and once on the road-- with the exception of USF and UConn. The Cougars will host the Bulls once at home on Jan. 21, while UH will travel to Storrs, Connecticut to take on two-time defending national champion UConn on Feb. 17.
The Cougars will play 11 contests against teams who qualified for NCAA postseason play a year ago, while eight of those contests come within the American Athletic Conference slate.
"We're looking forward to the conference slate," said head coach Ronald Hughey. "The American Athletic Conference is one of the best in the nation and we look forward to competing and making our mark in the league."
The Cougars will open up the 2014-15 conference slate at home for the second straight year, as they'll clash with UCF on Dec. 27 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will also mark the second consecutive season the Cougars and Knights have met in a league opener, as the two teams played in the very first American Athletic Conference contest last December inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston will then take part in its first road trip of the season, playing at new conference member Tulane on Dec. 30 before heading to Dallas, Texas to take on in-state rival SMU on Jan. 3 in UH's first game of the new calendar year.
The Cougars then return home to Hofheinz Pavilion to play games against Cincinnati (Jan. 7) and East Carolina (Jan. 10) before heading up to Oklahoma to take on Tulsa on Jan. 17.
After the Tulsa contest marks a rigorous stretch for the Cougars, where three of their next five contests will come against postseason participants from a year ago in games vs. USF (Jan. 21), Tulane (Jan. 27), and at East Carolina (Feb. 3).
Houston will then return to Hofheinz Pavilion for back-to-back home contests vs. Tulsa (Feb. 7) and Memphis (Feb. 11). The Cougars then head to the east coast for possibly the toughest road swing of the year, in games at Temple on Feb. 14 and at two-time defending national champion UConn on Feb. 17. The UConn contest will be televised nationally on SNY.
UH will wrap up the regular season with two of their final three games coming at home, as it will host SMU on Feb .21, travel to Tampa, Florida to take on UCF on Feb. 24, and then return to Hofheinz Pavilion to clash with Temple in the regular season finale on March 2.
Complete television and streaming designations, including contests on ESPN3, the American Digital Network, and games in the American Women's Basketball Championship, will be announced at a later date.
THREE CONFERENCE GAMES TO WATCH FOR
Dec. 27 vs. UCF - Marks Houston's fifth straight year hosting a conference opener and second consecutive season Cougars have hosted UCF in American Athletic Conference opener...coach Hughey faces off against old squad, as he served as an assistant coach with the Knights during the 2008-09 season.
Jan. 3 at SMU - First meeting of the season with in-state rival Mustangs...Cougars will host SMU at Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 21.
Feb. 17 at UConn - Will clash with two-time defending national champion Huskies. Contest will be nationally televised on SNY.
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 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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