U-Sports Group re-introduces the second entry
in its signature collection of collegiate sporting events with Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase. Hoop Hype XL provides the platform for premier programs to compete on a national stage and impact the local community in a positive way. This year's event will present a tremendous early-season test with Big 12 contender Oklahoma State Cowboys taking on American Athletic Conference Tournament Champion, Houston Cougars, who are coming off a NCAA Final Four appearance. In the opening contest, another American Athletic Conference heavyweight, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, battle pre-season Top 25 foe, the Colorado State Rams out of the Mountain West Conference.
As with all of the U-Sports Group event platforms,
The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (TX) will play host to this high-level event on December 18th, 2021. Home of elite professional franchises, including the Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars and Texas Rangers, the DFW metroplex offers all of the sights, sounds and fun that basketball fans and event supporters will need for an exciting, enjoyable visit.
Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase will be held at Dickies Arena, a premier 14,000 seat arena located just minutes from downtown Fort Worth.
Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase will be rooted in service, inspiring the participating student-athletes to use their gifts to touch the lives of children in the community. We truly believe that this event and associated community campaign will greatly impact the lives of less-fortunate children in the DFW metroplex and be a rewarding experience for the student-athletes and universities.
Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase game times, television broadcast network and ticket information will be released at a later date.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State (Coach: Mike Boynton, Big 12)
- Armed with a #LetsWork mentality, fifth-year head coach Mike Boynton has reinvigorated the Oklahoma State basketball program. In 2021, the Cowboys advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Championship, earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and ended the year ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top-25 – all firsts since 2005. Now, Oklahoma State returns its super-charged lineup featuring All-Big 12 Championship team selection Avery Anderson and two-time All-Big 12 honoree Isaac Likekele and adds in a trio of high-powered transfers, including former McDonald's All-American Bryce Thompson. Look for the Cowboys to continue their gritty defensive presence and build upon one of the best offensive units in school history.
Houston (Coach: Kelvin Sampson, AAC)
– A year after guiding Houston to the program's first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1984, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson leads the Cougars into the 2021-22 season. Houston returns five lettermen, including starters and All-American Athletic Conference junior guard Marcus Sasser and senior forward Reggie Chaney from last year's team, which posted a 28-4 overall record and 14-3 mark in The American play. Forward Fabian White returns for his senior season after returning to the lineup late following knee surgery in the summer and is poised to become one of the winningest players in Houston history. Under Sampson's leadership, the Cougars have competed in three straight NCAA Tournaments with six consecutive 20-win seasons – a first in program history – and rank as the nation's second winningest program with 111 victories since 2017-18.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa (Coach: Frank Haith, AAC)
- In its seventh season with Frank Haith at the helm, Tulsa finished the 2020-21 season with an 11-12 overall record and 7-10 in conference play. Under Coach Haith, the Hurricane has won 74 conference games, ranking 3rd since joining The American in 2014-15. Tulsa returns two starters as well as reigning AAC 6th Man of the Year, Darien Jackson. Jackson finished the season first in the conference for field goal percentage with a .640 clip, shooting over 50% in 19 of Tulsa's 23 games. In addition to the returning stars, the Hurricane welcome seven newcomers with three freshmen, two JUCO transfers and two four-year transfers. Jeriah Horne returns to Tulsa, following a season at the University of Colorado. Horne played for the Hurricane from 2017-2020, competing in 63 contests while averaging 10.6 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Colorado State Rams
Colorado State (Coach: Niko Medved, MWC)
– Returning all five starters from its 20-win season and postseason berth in 2020-21, Colorado State is looking to continue its rise among the college basketball ranks. In his fourth year at the helm, Niko Medved has improved his winning percentage each season as head coach. This year's Rams return more than 90 percent of production in each of the key categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes) along with adding a graduate transfer and two freshmen to the mix. Looking for their third consecutive postseason bid, the squad is led by juniors David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens. Roddy led the Rams in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounds while earning First Team All-District and All-Mountain West honors. Stevens also garnered All-District and All-Mountain West honors as he ranked 11th in the league in scoring (15.0 ppg) and second in assists (5.9 apg). Seniors Kendle Moore and Adam Thistlewood have been three-year starters and the quartet are all closing in on the 1,000-point mark in their careers.
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