1. Cougar Hand Sign

An excellent way to show off your Cougars pride is through the Cougar Hand Sign. The Hand Sign has you holding your right index finger to your palm with your thumb.

2. Trophy Case

Make sure to stop by the trophy case in the main lobby to see all of the basketball program’s accomplishments from over the years. The trophy case is a must-see for any college hoops fan and a fun way to reminisce about the Cougars’ glorious basketball past.

3. Shasta

Shasta is the name of both of Houston’s official mascots, the live one, and the anthropomorphic one. Houston’s live mascot dates back to 1947 and has been served by six different Cougars. Today you can find the official live mascot, Shasta VI, at the Houston Zoo. However, only the costumed mascot makes appearances at games.

4. Scoring Dunks

Back in the school’s Phi Slama Jama days, fans would score the Cougars pre-game dunks. Unfortunately, Houston’s pregame routine was banned. However, you can still see scorecards in the crowd after a Cougars dunk in-game, so keep your eyes peeled for them when attending a game.

5. Banners

You’ll find a variety of banners hanging around Hofheinz Pavilion. The banners celebrate Houston’s greatest players, including Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, as well as the school’s Final Four and NCAA Tournament appearances. Take a trip around the stadium before the game to take them all in.

6. Key Jingling

During the last minute of the game, Houston fans jingle their keys. The tradition is a fun way to let opposing teams know to warm up the bus, so don’t forget your keys when attending a Cougars basketball game.

7. Bayou Cup: Houston-Rice Rivalry

Houston and Rice have an intense rivalry that spans a variety of sports. Bragging rights in the city of Houston are always on the line when the Cougars and Owls meet, and things became even more intense in 2002 when the Bayou Cup was added to the rivalry. Don’t miss the annual Houston-Rice game, as it’s always one of the biggest games of the year.

8. Spirit of Houston Pep Band

Houston is home to an incredible marching band, and the pep band is among the best as well. The Spirit of Houston provide most of the music found in Hofheinz Pavilion, which creates a great atmosphere, so enjoy their music during your trip to Houston.

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