Men's Basketball Back in Action at Tulsa on Sunday

Jan. 2, 2015

HOUSTON COUGARS (7-5 • 0-1 American)
at TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE (8-5 • 1-0 American)
Time 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Location Reynolds Center (8,355) • Tulsa, Okla.
Television ESPNUWatchESPN
   Eamon McAnaney (PxP)
   Malcolm Huckaby (analyst)
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Tulsa leads 23-21
• Tulsa won last three, four of last five
Tulsa won last 101-92 (3OT)
   Tulsa, Okla. (Feb. 16, 2013)

Tulsa leads 14-7 in Tulsa, Okla.
• Tulsa won last five in Tulsa, Okla.
Tulsa won last 101-92 (3OT)
   Tulsa, Okla. (Feb. 16, 2013)
Game Notes Houston Notes
Tulsa Notes
The American Notes
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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 1 p.m., Sunday, when it meets American Athletic Conference rival Tulsa inside the Reynolds Center.

The Cougars (7-5 • 0-1 American) look to return to their winning ways after a 73-54 setback against Memphis on Wednesday during the American Athletic Conference opener for both programs. Against the Tigers, junior forward Devonta Pollard led Houston with 17 points, while junior guard Jherrod Stiggers added 11 points, thanks to three 3-pointers.

Sunday's game features two of the American Athletic Conference's top-5 scorers. Stiggers ranks second in the league with 16.8 points per contest, while Tulsa guard Shaquille Harris is tied for fifth with 14.8 points per contest.

Pollard leads the league with 7.6 rebounds per game, including 3.4 offensive boards per contest. Junior guard LeRon Barnes is one of only two players to rank among the league's top-5 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding, joining Cincinnati's Octavius Ellis.

KPRC logo black on whiteFans can hear Sunday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 12:45 p.m.

Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

ESPNews Logo Fans can watch Sunday's game live on ESPNews, by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here with Eamon McAnaney calling the play-by-play and Malcolm Huckaby providing analysis.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Tulsa enters Sunday's game with an 8-5 overall record. The Golden Hurricane are 1-0 in American-Athletic Conference play to tie for first in the league.

Tulsa has won each of its last three games with two of those victories coming by four points or less. In its most recent action, Tulsa claimed a 56-54 win at UCF. The Golden Hurricane jumped out to a 36-21 lead at halftime and held off a UCF comeback.

Against UCF, guard Shaquille Harrison led all players with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field with four rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Guard James Woodard added 14 points, while forward D'Andre Wright and guard Rashad Smith snared a team-high eight rebounds apiece.

This season, Harrison leads the team with 14.8 points and 3.6 assists per game, while Woodard is a close second at 14.7 points per contest. Smith tops the Golden Hurricane with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Head coach Frank Haith is in his fifth year at Tulsa, posting an 8-5 record during that time. He is in his 11th year as a collegiate head coach, posting a 208-134 career mark during that time. He previously served as head coach at Miami (Fla.) (12-101 record, 2004-11) and Missouri (71-28 record, 2011-14).

Sunday's game will be Haith's first meeting against Houston.

Sunday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. Tulsa visits Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 5.

Tulsa leads the all-time series 23-21, winning the last four games and five of the last six. The Golden Hurricane also enjoy a 14-7 all-time record on its home floor.

The two teams met regularly as rivals in Conference USA from 2004-05 to 2012-13 with the series renewing this season after Tulsa joined the American Athletic Conference.

In the most recent meeting, Tulsa escaped with a 101-92 win in triple overtime inside the Reynolds Center on Feb. 16, 2013.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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