2014-15 Schedule (PDF) | Full American Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--- The Cougars' 2014-15 schedule is now finalized after the league office release the 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule for all 11 members on Thursday.
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.
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 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.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS
Fans can take the first step toward the 2014-15 Houston Women's Basketball season by placing deposits with the Athletics Ticket Office at UHCougars.com or by clicking on the link at the top of the page. The deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets.
FOLLOW THE COUGARS!
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2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
YOUNG ALUMNI TICKET INFORMATION
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.