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Houston Cougars Men's Basketball 2020-21 Schedule

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UPDATED throughout the season

POSTED: November 20, 2020 -- 4:32 p.m. CT

Friday afternoon, the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball program announced its complete 2020-21 schedule with tip off times of 2 p.m., for a pair of home games inside the Fertitta Center during the first week.

Houston opens the season against Lamar at 2 p.m., Wednesday, before playing host to Boise State at 2 p.m., Friday, both inside the Fertitta Center.

For the first time in school history, the Coog will play a 20-game league slate, meeting each opponent in a home-and-away series.

The American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship will take place March 11-14 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. All games of the championship will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, including the championship final on ESPN.


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2020-21 Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Schedule (schedule subject to change)

Date (Day)
Time (CT) / Result
Game
Venue
Nov. 25 (Wed) W, 89-45. vs Lamar Fertitta Center

SOUTHWEST SHOWCASE (November 27 and 29)

Date (Day)
Time (CT)
Game
Venue
Nov. 27 (Fri) W, 68-58. vs Boise State Fertitta Center
Nov. 29 (Sun) W, 64-53 (ESPN2). Texas Tech Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, TX)

Remainder of the nonconference schedule

Date (Day)
Time (CT)
Game
Venue
Dec. 5 (Sat) W, 77-67. (ESPN+) vs South Carolina Fertitta Center
Dec. 9 (Wed) POSTPONED vs Sam Houston State Fertitta Center
Dec. 12 (Sat) POSTPONED vs Rice Fertitta Center
Dec. 15 (Tue) POSTPONED vs UCF Fertitta Center
Dec. 19 (Sat) CANCELED at Alabama Coleman Coliseum
Dec. 20 (Sun) W, 88-55. (ESPN+) vs Alcorn State Fertitta Center
Dec. 22 (Tue) W, 76-50. (ESPN+) vs Temple Fertitta Center
Dec. 26 (Sat) W, 63-54. (ABC) at UCF Addition Financial Arena
Dec. 29 (Tue) L, 65-64. (ESPN2) at Tulsa Reynolds Center
Jan. 3 (Sun) W, 74-60. (ESPN2) at SMU Moody Coliseum
Jan. 6(Wed) W, 70-63. (ESPN+). Get ESPN+ vs Wichita State Fertitta Center
Jan. 9 (Sat) W, 71-50. (ESPNU) vs Tulane Fertitta Center
Jan. 14 (Thu) POSTPONED at USF Yuengling Center
Jan. 17 (Sun) W, 75-58. (ESPNU) vs UCF Fertitta Center
Jan. 20 (Wed) W, 86-59. (ESPN+). (Get ESPN+) vs Tulsa Fertitta Center
Jan. 23 (Sat) POSTPONED vs Cincinnati Fertitta Center
Jan. 23 (Sat) (Rescheduled from Feb. 10) W, 68-51. (CBS) at Temple Liacouras Center
Jan. 28 (Thu) W, 83-60. (ESPN) at Tulane Fogelman Arena
Jan. 31 (Sat) W, 70-48. (ESPN) vs SMU Fertitta Center
Feb. 3 (Wed) L, 82-73. (ESPN+). (Get ESPN+) at ECU Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Feb. 6 (Sat) W, 112-46. (ESPN+). (Get ESPN+) vs Our Lady of the Lake Fertitta Center
Feb. 10 (Rescheduled from Jan. 14) W, 82-65. (ESPNU) at USF Yuengling Center
Feb. 14 (Sat) POSTPONED vs Memphis Fertitta Center
Feb. 17 (Wed) POSTPONED vs ECU Fertitta Center
Feb. 18 (Thu) (Rescheduled from Feb. 25) L, 68-63. at Wichita State Charles Koch Arena
Feb. 21 (Sun) W, 90-52. vs Cincinnati Fertitta Center
Feb. 25 (Thu) W, 81-57. (ESPN2) vs WKU Fertitta Center
Feb. 28 (Sun) W, 98-52. (ESPNU) vs USF Fertitta Center
Mar. 7 (Sun) W, 67-64. (CBS) vs Memphis Fertitta Center

2021 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship – Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, TX

First Round - Thursday, March 11 (all times Central)

Game
Match-up
Time
Network
Game 1 9-seed Temple 71, vs. 8-seed USF 73. 11 a.m. ESPNU
Game 2 10-seed Tulane 77, vs. 7-seed Tulsa 70. 2 p.m. ESPNU
Game 3 11-seed East Carolina 62, vs. 6-seed UCF 72. 6 p.m. ESPNU

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 12 (all times Central)

Game
Match-up
Time
Network
Game 4 8-seed USF 67, vs 1-seed Wichita State 68. 11 a.m. ESPN2
Game 5 5-seed Cincinnati 74, vs. 4-seed SMU 71. 2 p.m. ESPN2
Game 6 10-seed Tulane 52, vs. 2-seed Houston 77. 6 p.m. ESPN2
Game 7 6-seed UCF 62, vs. 3-seed Memphis 70. 9 p.m. ESPN2

Semifinals - Saturday, March 13 (all times Central)

Game
Match-up
Time
Network
Game 8 1-seed Wichita State 59, vs. 5-seed Cincinnati 60. 2 p.m. ESPN2
Game 9 2-seed Houston 76, vs. 3-seed Memphis 74. 4:30 p.m. ESPN2

Final - Sunday, March 14 (Time listed is Central)

Game
Match-up
Time
Network
Game 10 5-seed Cincinnati 54, vs. 2-seed Houston 91. 2:15 p.m. ESPN

2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament – state of Indiana

First Round - Friday, March 19 (Time listed is CT)

Time
Game
Venue
Network
W, 87-56. vs 15-seed Cleveland State Assembly Hall truTV

2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament – state of Indiana

Second Round - Sunday, March 21 (Time listed is CT)

Time
Game
Venue
Network
W, 63-60. vs 10-seed Rutgers Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South) TBS

2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament – state of Indiana

Regional Semifinal - Saturday, March 27 (Time listed is CT)

Time
Game
Venue
Network
W, 62-46. vs 11-seed Syracuse Hinkle Fieldhouse TBS

2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament – state of Indiana

Regional Final - Monday, March 29 (Time listed is CT)

Time
Game
Venue
Network
W, 67-61. vs 12-seed Oregon State Lucas Oil Stadium (north court) CBS

2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament – state of Indiana

Final Four semifinal - Saturday, April 3 (Time listed is CT)

Time
Game
Venue
Network
L, 78-59. vs 1-seed Baylor Lucas Oil Stadium CBS

Houston's season ends in the NCAA semifinals. Houston finishes the season with a 28-4 record.

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