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Houston Cougars Men's Basketball to Tour Italy in August

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Coogs to compete in four games with visits to Rome, Vatican City, Milan, Florence and Pisa from August 7-17

POSTED: August 9, 2019 -- 5:55 p.m. CT

POSTED: July 17, 2019 -- 3:49 p.m. CT

This afternoon, the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Program announced its itinerary for next month's trip to Italy.

The Coogs will fly out of Houston on August 7 with a full schedule of cultural highlights and games to follow. After a 10.5-hour flight, Houston coaches, student-athletes and staff members will land in Rome and begin their sight-seeing tours.

The Coogs are scheduled to tour Rome (including the Roman Forum and Colosseum), Vatican City (including the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel), food tasting in Siena, Florence (including the Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo's The David), Milan (including a tour of The Last Supper), Como and a boat tour of Lake Como.

In competition, the Coogs will play four games.

The schedule for games begins at 1:30 p.m. (CDT), August 9, against Stella Azzurra Academy in Rome, with additional contests against BC Silute (Lithuania) (1:30 p.m. CDT, August 12), LCC International University (Lithuania) (11:30 a.m. CDT, August 13) and Italian Select team (1 p.m. CDT, August 15).

NCAA schools are allowed one international trip every four years. In addition to the cultural impact and the competition schedule on the trip, the Cougars will take advantage of 10 practices prior to the team's departure from Houston.

This is the second international trip the Cougars will enjoy under Sampson. Prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, the Cougars enjoyed a 10-day trip to China. Besides posting a 3-1 record in competition, the Cougars also enjoyed visits to Yellow Mountain and the 900-year-old village of Xi Di Hong.

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Day & Date
Time (CT)
Friday, Aug. 9 1:30 p.m. Stella Azzurra Academy Arena Altero Felici Rome
Monday, Aug. 12 1:30 p.m. BC Silute (Lithuania) Palazzetto Sandro Pertini Ponte Buggianese
Tuesday, Aug. 13 11:30 a.m. LCC International University (Lithuania) Palazzetto Sandro Pertini Ponte Buggianese
Thursday, Aug. 15 1 p.m. Italian Select Palazzetto Costa Masnaga Costa Masnaga


Day & Date
Thursday, Aug. 8 Tour of Rome
Friday, Aug. 9 Tour of Vatican City, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel
Saturday, Aug. 10 Tour of Roman Forum and Colosseum
Sunday, Aug. 11 Tour and food tasting in Siena
Monday, Aug. 12 Tour of Pisa
Tuesday, Aug. 13 Tour of Florence, including Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo's The David
Wednesday, Aug. 14 Orientation tour of Milan and visit to The Last Supper
Thursday, Aug. 15 Tour of Como
Friday, Aug. 16 Boat tour of Lake Como

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