The Houston Cougars have a jam-packed week heading into the Midwest Regional in Kansas City. Friday, the #1 Cougars will play #5 Miami and then, assuming a win, would play either #2 Texas or #3 Xavier on Sunday. When adding up the seeds of those teams left, the Midwest is by far the hardest remaining region.
|Top Remaining Seed||3||1||1||2|
|Next Remaining Seed||4||5||2||3|
|Next Remaining Seed||7||6||3||4|
|Next Remaining Seed||9||15||5||8|
The Midwest has been almost exclusively chalk, except that #5 Miami beat #4 Indiana in the second round. Here’s the public schedule – drawn from media info, arena info, team info, and more – for the Coogs (as it currently stands):
11:30 – Kelvin meets with the media via Zoom. Expect quotes and tweets and some videos;
4:30 – Players meet with the media after practice. Video, quotes, and local TV news segments.
11:00 (approx) – Basketball departs for Kansas City;
Sometime in the afternoon – the team will head to T-Mobile Center for shoot-around.
1:10-1:25 – Selected players for the NCAA-mandated press conference;
1:25-1:40 – Kelvin Sampson for his NCAA-mandated press conference;
1:50 – 3:35 – Houston practice at T-Mobile Center (first 15 minutes open to the media).
3:15 – T-Mobile Center opens to the public;
6:15 – 5-seed Miami vs. 1-seed Houston
Postgame – Two players and Kelvin Sampson appear from each team for questions in the media area (winner goes first);
At the same time – media may enter the locker room to interview players that are not at the press conference;
If UH wins – team returns to the hotel; or
If UH losses – team departs for Houston depending on plane availability. Otherwise, they would return home Saturday morning.
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3:40-4:20 – UH/Miami winner press conference with two players and head coach;
4:05-4:20 – UH/Miami winner’s players available in breakout rooms.
1.5 hours to tipoff – T-Mobile open to public;
TBA – Midwest Region Final tipoff
Immediately after game – postgame celebration (trophy, net cutting, photos);
15 minutes after game – postgame press conference with losing team’s players and head coach;
At the same time – media may enter the locker room of the losing team to interview players not at press conferences;
5-minutes after postgame celebration – postgame press conference with winning team’s players and head coach;
At the same time – media may enter the locker room of the winning team to interview players not at press conferences;
TBA – Teams fly home.