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“It comes down to our heart,” Shead said . “It’s our heart, we don’t want to lose. We want to win for each other. These guys love each other so much and they’re really my brothers, it goes way beyond basketball." more
“This team really had to come together,” Sampson said. “Probably more than any other team we’ve had here. We had to be a team, we couldn’t be a team of stars, it had to be teammates. That’s what we teach and emphasize." more
After leading the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program to another winning season, another ACC regular season championship and tournament championship and another NCAA Tournament berth, Head Coach  Kelvin Sampson was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Award. more
“Before we went on the floor, we talked about how everyone here would remember this day for the rest of their lives,” said UIW head coach Jeff Doe. “Having this experience, you’re never going to forget this, and obviously, what a memorable game it was.” more
“We tried to buy into everything Coach told us all season,” said Terrion Murdix, who was named the tournament’s MVP. “As you can see, it worked. We’re going to the Tournament and we’re about to be dancing.” more
The Merrell Center will play host to the tournament, which starts Wednesday and will go through Saturday, with the champion taking an automatic bye into the NCAA Tournament. more
“Thank you to Coach Fisher, Coach Williams, Coach V, Coach Joseph and all the other incredible coaches that have helped me to become the man and athlete I am today, Small said.” more
In the Cougars’ lone game of the week, Edwards led all players and posted career highs with 29 points and seven 3-pointers in a 66-64 win at Tulsa on Saturday night. more
After leading the Cougars to a pair of wins while averaging a double-double, University of Houston graduate forward Josh Carlton was honored as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.  more
Behind 20 points from Ryan Burkhardt and 19 points and five assists from Keon Clergeot, Southeastern Louisiana University defeated Nicholls State 77-72 in the first Southland Conference Tip-Off on Saturday at the Merrell Center. more
Behind 146 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Deuce Vaughn and 259 yards passing and three touchdowns from Skylar Thompson, Kansas State easily ran to a 42-20 victory over LSU in the TaxAct Texas Bowl on Tuesday at NRG Stadium. more
The Men’s Southland tip-off is set to start Thursday, as the Southland teams prepare for conference play. more
“We regret this unfortunate development, ” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “However, we want all of our programs safe and healthy as they prepare for the start of league games in a couple of weeks. " more
 “We came in here wanting to put a stamp on a great season, and I think we did that,” said Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen. “Now we can propel it into next year." more
The University of Houston will make its 29th bowl appearance when the Cougars face off against the Auburn Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl at 11 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from the Protective Stadium. more
“I didn’t think they were going to kick it to me,” Jones said. “So whenever I saw them kick it I just thought ‘I’m going to return it.’ The coaches always talk about hitting the hole wherever it is and I saw the hole so I just hit it.” more
“I still think the new guys still are (adjusting),” Sampson said. It’s a process for all the new guys, it takes some longer than others, but they all have a good attitude and are working hard. We’ve been doing things to get ready for the start of practice but things will get accelerated starting today.” more
"Every aspect of our department and our programs and the opportunity it provides the institution to be able to grow. For me it’s incredibly personal. We’ve gone through a nomadic life for a bit and to have this chance and this opportunity presented to us today, I haven’t found a single word to describe it other than it’s just truly meaningful.” more
“We didn’t do a very good job in the second half from an offensive perspective,” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. “That’s one of the worst halves I’ve ever been a part of. I admit that, I own that and we’ll work hard on trying to fix that.” more
Houston will open the season on Saturday against Texas Tech and it seems like this might be the year that Dana Hongerson can field a strong team, but there are still question marks. Here are five things to look for during the game. more
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