The University of Houston Men’s basketball program will take part in a 20-game all-conference schedule in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday morning, head coach Kelvin Sampson announced that the University of Houston Men’s Basketball team will take part in a 20-game conference schedule — the first in school history.
According to UH, the scheduling format will consist of a 20-game, double round-robin conference schedule for both men’s and women’s basketball programs who are apart of the American Athletic Conference. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.
The scheduling for the Cougars is a way to keep both student-athletes and staff members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to announcing the new format, Dickies Arena in Forth Worth Texas will host the American Men’s Basketball Championship, set for March 11-14.
Last season, the Cougars captured their second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title. They finished the season with an overall record of 23-8, 13-5 in conference play, and ranked among the top 25 in the final national polls for the third straight year.
The Cougars were led by then-freshman guard Caleb Mills, who led the team in scoring averaging 13.2 points per game. In his first season with the Cougars, Quentin Grimes finished second in scoring with 12.1 points per game. In a road game against the Rice Owls, Grimes scored a career-high 32 points in the win.
Sampson and the team will be without key contributors Nate Hinton and Fabian White Jr. this upcoming season. In April, Hinton declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, while White will miss all of the 2021 season due to a torn ACL.