INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program takes its next step in the postseason when it faces Rutgers at 6:10 p.m. (CDT) Sunday on the Unity Court inside Lucas Oil Stadium in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Second Round.
The sixth-ranked Cougars, who are competing as the No. 2 seed in the Region, earned their ticket to the Second Round in their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an 87-56 win over No. 15 seed Cleveland State on Friday night in Bloomington, Ind.
The Cougars broke open a close game at the break, outscoring Cleveland State 50-27 in the second half. Houston took advantage of 16 offensive rebounds to lead to 18 second-chance point and outrebounded the Vikings 38-24.
Junior guard and All-American Quentin Grimes led six Cougars in double digits with 18 points and four 3-pointers in the first meeting against the Vikings. Freshman guard Tramon Mark totaled 15 points, while sophomore guard Marcus Sasser added 14 points with three treys.
Senior forwards Justin Gorham and Brison Gresham posted 10 points apiece, while junior forward Reggie Chaney grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
With Friday’s win, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson recorded the 664th victory of his award-winning career and moved into a tie for 38th in NCAA history with legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden.
• Fans can watch Sunday’s Second-Round game on TBSwith Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Brendan Haywood (analyst) and Lauren Shehadi (reporter).
• Fans can hear Sunday’s Second-Round game on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham (play-by-play). The pregame show begins at 7 p.m.
• Fans also can hear the game on Westwood One with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and P.J. Carlesimo (analyst) calling.
• With a win over (10) Rutgers, the Cougars would advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second straight time.
• There, the Cougars would face the winner of (3) West Virginia-(11) Syracuse.
• Game time, location and network for the Sweet 16 will be announced in the near future.
JOIN the 2021-22 SEASON-TICKET PRIORITY WAIT LIST
Houston Men’s Basketball fans can join the season ticket priority wait list for the 2021-22 season inside the Fertitta Center with a $75 deposit today. To place a deposit for the 2021 season, click here or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-4667).
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Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered Jordan Brand team apparel, invitations to exclusive events, regular updates about the program and much more.
For more information or to sign up, fans may visit uhcougars.com/5050club or click here. To join the 50-50 Club, fans may call Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH (46874).
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