2019–20 Houston Cougars men's basketball team

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The 2019–20 Houston Cougars men's basketball team represents the University of Houston during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cougars are led by sixth-year head coach Kelvin Sampson as members of the American Athletic Conference. This is the second season that the team plays its home games at the Fertitta Center.

Previous season

Houston finished the 2018–19 regular season 29–2, including an AAC-best 16–2 record in conference play. They were the runner-up in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, falling 69–57 to Cincinnati in the final. The Cougars earned the #3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, where they went 2–1, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen before falling 62–58 to Kentucky. Houston's final overall season record of 33–4 set a program record for wins.

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018–19 season, Kelvin Sampson agreed to a six-season contract to remain Head Coach at Houston.[1]

Offseason

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Landon Goesling 2 G 6'2" 175 Graduate Student Bakersfield, CA Graduated
Armoni Brooks 3 G 6'3" 195 Junior Round Rock, TX Play professionally
Corey Davis Jr. 5 G 6'1" 190 Senior Lafayette, LA Graduated
Neil VanBeck 15 G 6'4" 200 Freshman Houston, TX Left team
Breaon Brady 24 F 6'8" 260 Senior Akron, OH Graduated
Galen Robinson Jr. 25 G 6'1" 190 Senior Houston, TX Graduated

Incoming transfers

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Quentin Grimes 24 G 6'5" 205 Sophomore The Woodlands, TX Kansas[2]

AAC media poll

The AAC media poll was released on October 14, 2019, with the Cougars tied for first place with the Memphis Tigers. However, the Cougars received more 1st place votes in the poll.[3]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
T-1 Houston 113 (7)
T-1 Memphis 113 (4)
3 Cincinnati 94 (1)
4 Wichita State 88
5 USF 79
6 UConn 75
7 Temple 72
8 SMU 47
9 UCF 40
10 Tulsa 36
11 East Carolina 20
12 Tulane 15

Roster

2019–20 Houston Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Marcus Sasser 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Red Oak High School Red Oak, TX
C 1 Chris Harris Jr. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) RS Sr San Jacinto JC Houston, TX
G 2 Caleb Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 165 lb (75 kg) RS Fr T. C. Roberson High School Arden, NC
G 3 DeJon Jarreau 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Jr UMass New Orleans, LA
F 4 Justin Gorham Current redshirt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Towson Baltimore, MD
G 5 Cameron Tyson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Idaho Bothell, WA
G 11 Nate Hinton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Gaston Day School Gastonia, NC
F 13 J'Wan Roberts 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Shoemaker High School Saint Thomas, VI
F 23 Cedrick Alley Jr. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS So Klein Forest High School Houston, TX
G 24 Quentin Grimes 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Kansas The Woodlands, TX
C 30 Caleb Broodo (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Dow High School Midland, MI
F 35 Fabian White Jr. 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Atascocita High School Atascocita, TX
F/C 55 Brison Gresham 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr UMass New Orleans, LA
Head coach
  • Kelvin Sampson (UNC Pembroke)
Assistant coach(es)
  • Alvin Brooks (Lamar)
  • Kellen Sampson (Oklahoma)
  • Quannas White (Oklahoma)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Current redshirt

Roster

Schedule and results

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 9, 2019*
5:00 pm
Angelo State W 106–42  0–0
 18  Hinton   13  Hinton   5  Sasser  Fertitta Center (5,205)
Houston, TX
Non-conference regular season
November 12, 2019*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Alabama State W 84–56  1–0
 14  Sasser   8  Hinton   4  Tied  Fertitta Center (6,430)
Houston, TX
November 15, 2019*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
BYU   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
November 19, 2019*
7:00 pm, Facebook
at Rice
Rivalry
  
                  Tudor Fieldhouse 
Houston, TX
November 22, 2019*
8:00 pm, P12N
at Oregon   
                  Matthew Knight Arena 
Eugene, OR
November 26, 2019*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Houston Baptist   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
December 4, 2019*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Texas State   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
December 8, 2019*
11:00 am, ESPNU
at South Carolina   
                  Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
December 11, 2019*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UT Arlington   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
December 15, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN
Oklahoma State   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
December 19, 2019*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UTEP
Diamond Head Classic non bracket game
  
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
December 22, 2019*
2:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Portland
Diamond Head Classic Quarterfinals
  
                  Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
December 23, 2019*
TBD, TBD
vs. Georgia Tech/Boise State
Diamond Head Classic
  
                  Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
December 25, 2019*
TBD, TBD
vs. TBD
Diamond Head Classic
  
                  Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
AAC regular season
January 3, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN2
UCF   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
January 7, 2020
6:00 pm, CBSSN
at Temple   
                  Liacouras Center 
Philadelphia, PA
January 11, 2020
3:00 pm, TBD
at Tulsa   
                  Reynolds Center 
Tulsa, OK
January 15, 2020
8:00 pm, CBSSN
SMU   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
January 18, 2020
3:00 pm, TBD
at Wichita State   
                  Charles Koch Arena 
Wichita, KS
January 23, 2020
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Connecticut   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
January 26, 2020
1:00 pm, CBSSN
South Florida   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
January 29, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at East Carolina   
                  Williams Arena 
Greenville, NC
February 1, 2020
5:00 pm, ESPN2
at Cincinnati   
                  Fifth Third Arena 
Cincinnati, OH
February 6, 2020
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Tulane   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
February 9, 2020
2:00 pm, ESPN
Wichita State   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
February 12, 2020
8:00 pm, TBD
at South Florida   
                  Yuengling Center 
Tampa, FL
February 15, 2020
5:00 pm, ESPNU
at SMU   
                  Moody Coliseum 
Dallas, TX
February 19, 2020
8:00 pm, TBD
Tulsa   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
February 22, 2020
1:00 pm, TBD
at Memphis   
                  FedExForum 
Memphis, TN
March 1, 2020
12:00 pm, ESPN
Cincinnati   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
March 5, 2020
6:00 pm, CBSSN
at Connecticut   
                  Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
March 8, 2020
11:00 am, CBS
Memphis   
                  Fertitta Center 
Houston, TX
AAC Tournament
March 12/13, 2020
TBA, TBA
vs. TBD
First Round/Quarterfinals
  
                  Dickies Arena 
Fort Worth, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP RV RV Not released 
Coaches RV

References

  1. ^ "Sampson signs long-term deal with Houston". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ "Houston lands top transfer Grimes from Kansas". ESPN.com.
  3. ^ "Houston, Memphis Tabbed 2019-20 American Men's Basketball Preseason Favorites". American Athletic Conference. October 14, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.

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