Houston Cougars Basketball Schedule
Each year in Houston, Texas sports fans are always eagerly awaiting the arrival
of college basketball season and the opportunity to attend Houston Cougars home games. The team has seen its fair share of
success throughout its history and has recently experienced a resurgence after a few down years at the turn of the century.
Now the Cougars are back and in constant contention for an American Athletic Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament
berth. College basketball fans in Houston could not be more excited that the Cougars have returned to relevance and have been
coming out to games in droves. Do not miss out on the chance to attend a Houston Cougars basketball game while the 2014-2015
The Houston Cougars will once again have to battle against some of the toughest teams in the country in
their quest to become American Athletic Conference champs. These conference adversaries include defending National Champions
the UCONN Huskies, the SMU Mustangs, the Memphis Tigers, and the Cincinnati Bearcats, among others. It will not be an easy
task, but the Cougars are loaded with talent and should be able to pile up some big wins on their way to their first NCAA
Tournament bid since 2010. Be sure to get your Houston Cougars tickets from StubHub early as games at Hofheinz Pavilion always
sell out quickly.
Houston Cougars Basketball History
The Cougars have been to the NCAA Tournament 19 times
including 10 Sweet Sixteen trips, 5 Final Four trips, and two trips to the Championship Game where they finished as runners-up
both times. After years playing in Conference USA, the Houston Cougars had developed several rivalries in that conference.
Fortunately, after the big changes in Conference USA several other programs came along with the Cougars to join the American
Athletic Conference so many of these rivalries remained intact. The Memphis Tigers and Cincinnati Bearcats both moved to the
new conference along with Houston so their intense regular season match ups will continue. These were traditionally three
of the stronger programs in Conference USA and should continue to be in competition for the top spot in the American Athletic
Conference. Additionally you can expect new rivalries to emerge as the Cougars battle national powerhouses like Cincinnati
and UCONN during conference play. Die hard Cougars fans will want to be in Hofheinz Pavilion to cheer on the team as they
look to establish themselves as an American Athletic Conference power.
Houston Cougars Basketball Conference
Houston Cougars play in the newly formed American Athletic Conference which is also now the home of a few former Big East
schools including the University of Connecticut and South Florida. The Big East has been in a tumultuous state for many years,
with clashes between programs that had football programs and those that did not. The newly formed American Athletic Conference
boasts schools from Texas to Florida and all the way to Connecticut. The dynamic conference has proven to be one of the best
in men's college basketball since forming last year, with teams like Cincinnati and UCONN as perennial contenders. Cincinnati
is the defending American Athletic Conference regular season champion, but the UCONN Huskies won the National Championship
in 2014, bringing a National Championship to the conference during its first year of existence. Although it is only one year
old there have already been changes in the American Athletic Conference, with the departure of Louisville and Rutgers and
the addition of Tulsa and Tulane. With the American Athletic Conference shakeup, things may look a little different on the
college basketball landscape, but no matter which conference they are in, the Temple Owls are a team with a storied legacy
that continues to find success. Expect big things to happen in the American Athletic Conference in the years to come as new
rivalries are established and it continues to prove itself as one of the premiere college hoops conferences in the country.
College basketball is one of the most exciting sports there is, and watching it at home does not
even come close to matching up to the thrill of being in the arena for a game. The game boasts some of the best student-athletes
in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, and the biggest contests have an atmosphere that
is unrivaled. When you set foot in Hofheinz Pavilion for a Houston Cougars home basketball game this will all be clear. As
the teams set up for opening tip off the fans stand up and vociferously cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites.
The game continues full of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. Before you know it the clock
is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with
each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball
tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Cougars' side erupts after another big win and their fans
flow out of the arena in jubilation.
The Houston Cougars reached the National Championship Game
in back to back years in 1983 and 1984, falling just short of the title both times. They were led by Phi Slamma Jamma members
Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler who later reunited on the Houston Rockets to finally win a championship together in the