Baylor men’s basketball will play a charity exhibition game against the University of Houston at noon CT on Saturday at the Ferrell Center. Ticket sales will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which is run by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
“This is an incredible opportunity to use the game of basketball to provide relief for our neighbors in need,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in a statement. “We’re thankful to be able to play this game on Homecoming weekend with so many members of the Baylor Family back home, and we encourage everyone to pack the Ferrell Center to raise as much money as possible in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”
Both teams already reached their maximum allotment of exhibition games, but the NCAA gave a waiver to play one more exhibition. The game will play 20-minute halves, but there will be some to-be-announced rule changes.
Baylor is fresh off its fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance, a school record. The Bears reached No. 1 in the country last season for the first time in program history. Houston posted a 21-11 record before losing in the NIT.
The game takes place just seven hours before Baylor football’s 7 p.m. Homecoming matchup against No. 23 West Virginia at McLane Stadium. Parking is free, but all cars must be removed from the parking lot by 3 p.m. for the football game.
General admission tickets will be sold for $5. Baylor student tickets will cost just $1 at the door with a valid student ID.
Baylor is not the only team to play an exhibition to raise money. Kansas and Missouri will also raise money for hurricane victims with an exhibition on Oct. 22 in Kansas City, Mo.