Houston Cougars Basketball Schedule
The Houston Cougars have a long history of success in college basketball, and
after a few down turns at the start of the century the Cougars appear to be returning to form. This season has not quite been
enough to get them back to the NCAA Tournament but they have scored some big wins against the likes of Gonzaga and Oklahoma
State. If the Cougars can get some more big wins at the ed of the season they will have some serious momentum to build upon
at the start of the 2014-2015 season.
On February 22nd the Central Florida Knights come to town to take on the Cougars
at Hofheinz Pavilion and both teams will be looking to make a move towards the top of the AAC standings. The following Thursday,
on the 25th, the Memphis Tigers pay the Cougars a visit and this could prove to be one of the biggest games of the year. Houston
will have a chance to build its Tournament resume by knocking off a ranked opponent and Memphis will be hoping to prove that
it deserves a higher ranking. The regular season closes out at Hofheinz Pavilion with a game on March 4th against the South
Florida Bulls. This will be Senior Night and is your chance to come out and pay tribute to all of the seniors who have provided
so much entertainment during their four years at the university.
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basketball fans in Texas that bleed scarlet and white for the Houston Cougars get excited during basketball season, when the
Cougars are in action on the hardwood. Houston basketball makes the winter months the most thrilling part of the year to be
a Cougars fan, and for good reason. The Cougars hoop it up at the Hofheinz Pavilion, located on the University of Houston
campus in Texas, and the team hosts a throng of American Athletic Conference competition all throughout basketball season.
The Cougars are a constant threat in the NCAA Tournament, and are one of the top teams in NCAA basketball for Final Four berths.
a main competitor in the American Athletic Conference, the Houston Cougars have a constant target on their back as a big threat
to other conference basketball teams. The Cougars have big rivals throughout the state of Texas as well as throughout the
American Conference, which makes home games at the Hofheinz Pavilion all that more exciting. Whether the Cougars are playing
the University of Texas Longhorns or any other top ball team, the hoops action ignites on the court and in the grandstands
every time the Houston basketball team takes the court.
Houston Cougars Tournament History
of Houston Cougars basketball team has been the school's go-to athletic team since the 1945-46 season, when the athletic squad
first found a home on the university campus. Initially joining the Lone Star Conference in the NAIA, the Cougars saw postseason
action in the NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament in 1946 and 1947, eventually joining the NCAA and gaining steam on the college
circuit in the '50s.
Houston's glory days blossomed under the leadership of Guy Lewis in the 1950s, starting with the
1955-56 season. Lewis, who also played basketball for the Cougars in college, coached the team through 27 consecutive winning
seasons, including a string of Final Four action in the NCAA Tournament in the '60s and again in the early '80s. Under Lewis's
leadership, star players like Elvin Hayes, Otis Birdsong and Dwight Jones became some of the most notable college players,
also helping the rise in popularity of NCAA basketball thanks to the red-hot action on the court when the Cougars took on
top competitors in arenas across the country.
Houston Cougars Trivia
If you have ever heard of a basketball
game referenced as the "Game of the Century," chances are it's about Guy Lewis's Houston Cougars basketball team. Led by star
player Elvin Hayes in 1968, the Cougars upset the top-ranked UCLA Bruins at the Astrodome in Houston at one of the most thrilling
games in college basketball history, and a matchup that is still talked about today. Witnessed by 50,000 Cougars fans at the
Astrodome, Elvin Hayes and the Houston Cougars proved the domination of the Houston basketball team, and sparked a craze for
college hoops that is still prevalent today through March Madness and among the top teams in the NCAA.
The "Game of
the Century" became a reference point for the starting years of college basketball popularity in the country, and the Houston
Cougars went on to excite thousands more fans during the '68 season and long beyond. The Cougars have since moved their home
court to the Hofheinz Pavilion, but that single exciting matchup at the Astrodome in the 1960s shaped the college basketball
movement for good, perhaps even helping to spawn the craze that today we call March Madness.
Basketball fans that come trotting into the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas will see hanging from the
rafters in the arena the jerseys of five of the Houston Cougars' most prolific and well known ball players of all time: No.
10 Otis Birdsong, No. 22 Clyde Drexler, No. 34 Hakeem Olajuwon, No. 42 Michael Young, and No. 44 Elvin Hayes. These storied
players have had their jerseys retired by the University of Houston basketball team, and each star hoopster went on to play
in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after their stints in the NCAA.
Fans of the Houston Cougars can still catch
some NBA players of the future in action on the court at Hofheinz Pavilion, and all the college basketball action at the arena
intensifies whenever American Athletic Conference competitors come to play at the Cougars' home den. Cougars fans put on their
scarlet and white outfits and come cheer for the home team at Hofheinz Pavilion during basketball season, filling up the arena's
8,500 seats with ease for some of the biggest matchups of the year. The Cougars are led today by head coach James Dickey,
and are a big force in the NCAA Tournament year after year. The Cougars' last appearance in the Big Dance was in 2010, but
the team might just have what it takes this year to make some noise in the postseason.