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Tracking the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball 2021-22 Schedule

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I'll update this page when match-ups and dates are announced until the Coogs announce the complete schedule including tip-off times and tv networks.

UPDATED: August 24, 2021 -- 7:59 p.m. CT

POSTED: June 24, 2021 -- 1:52 p.m. CT

NOTE: The Coogs announced the complete nonconference schedule Tuesday afternoon, August 24. The paragraphs below were written before as info about the nonconference games were leaked.

Friday afternoon, the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball program announced a home-and-home series with the Virginia Cavaliers. The first game of the two-game series will take place this year, November 16, when Houston hosts Virginia. Houston will head to Virginia on December 22 during the 2022-23 season.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, Houston will host Louisiana Lafayette as part of the 2021-22 nonconference slate.

Earlier this week, Montana Tech (NAIA) announced a match-up with Houston will take place November 6 when the Diggers visit Fertitta Center.

Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson mentioned to Fox Sports' Mark Berman the Coogs will play at Alabama this season as well as face Oklahoma State at a neutral site location. Last season's Houston - Alabama match-up was scheduled for December 19; however, it was canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Houston will announce its complete 2021-22 schedule at a later date; however, with those 2 games announced plus Houston's participation in the 2021 Maui Invitational, the Coogs' schedule for this season is beginning to take shape.

The Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte reports the Houston - Oklahoma State game will take place at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX.

Rice Owls men's basketball head coach Scott Pera told me Houston and Rice will face each other this season.

Rocco Miller tweeted 4 matchups for the Coogs: vs Hofstra, November 9; vs Northwestern State, November 30; vs Alcorn State, December 6; and at Texas State, December 22.

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Rothstein tweeted the Coogs will host the Bryant Bulldogs (from the Northeast Conference). Date and time to be announced later.

The American Athletic Conference will return to an 18-game conference schedule for men's basketball. Last season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAC had a 20-game conference schedule.

The 2022 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship will take place March 10-13 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

2021-22 Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Nonconference Schedule (schedule subject to change)

Time (CT)
Nov. 6 Sat TBA vs Montana Tech Fertitta Center TBA
Nov. 9 Tue TBA vs Hofstra Fertitta Center TBA
Nov. 12 Fri TBA vs Rice Fertitta Center TBA
Nov. 16 Tue TBA vs Virginia Fertitta Center TBA

MAUI INVITATIONAL (Lahaina Civic Center, November 22 - 24)

Participating teams: Butler, Chaminade, Houston, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Mary's, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin

Time (CT)
Nov. 22 Mon 3:30 pm Butler ESPN2
Nov. 23 Tues 4 pm / 1:30 pm winner / loser of Texas A&M - Wisconsin ESPN or ESPN2
Nov. 24 Wed TBA Oregon-Chaminade-St. Mary's-Notre Dame TBA

Nonconference schedule continued

Time (CT)
Nov. 30 Tue TBA vs Northwestern State Fertitta Center TBA
Dec. 3 Fri TBA vs Bryant Fertitta Center TBA
Dec. 6 Mon TBA vs Alcorn State Fertitta Center TBA
Dec. 11 Sat TBA at Alabama Coleman Coliseum TBA
Dec. 14 Tue TBA vs Louisiana Fertitta Center TBA
Dec. 18 Sat TBA vs Oklahoma State Dickies Arena TBA
Dec. 22 Wed TBA at Texas State Strahan Arena TBA

American Athletic Conference schedule: the 18-game conference schedule will be announced at a later date

2022 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship – Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, TX

First Round - Thursday, March 10

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 11 (all times Central)

Semifinals - Saturday, March 12 (all times Central)

Final - Sunday, March 13 (Time listed is Central)

2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

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