|TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE (7-6 1-0 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-3 2-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Ted Emrich, play-by-play
Malcolm Huckaby, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON -- Winners of their first two American Athletic Conference games on the road, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program opens its league home schedule when it takes on Tulsa at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (11-3, 2-0 The American) enter this week's game following a five-day, two-game road swing that took them to the Northeast and then to the Deep South. Houston allowed a conference-record-low 12 points in the first half on the way to a 62-46 win at UConn in Hartford, Conn., on Dec. 28 and then took advantage of a big second-half run to take a 70-56 win over USF in Tampa on New Year's Eve.
Only three teams in Houston Men's Basketball history have started 2-0 in conference play after a pair of road games. Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars have accomplished that feat in back-to-back seasons.
In the Cougars' most recent action, Houston used a 17-1 run over an eight-and-a-half minute stretch early in the second half to build a double-digit lead it would never relinquish.
Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selections Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray poured in 50 points apiece to lead the Cougars while Dotson came close to another double-double with a team-high eight rebounds.
Gray leads the Cougars and ranks second in The American with 20.4 points per game and is the only Cougar to score at least 14 points in all 14 games to date.
Dotson is one of only five players to rank among the league's top-10 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Houston native stands ninth in the league with 15.2 points per game and averages 7.1 rebounds per contest to rank 10th.
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game on ESPNU with Ted Emrich calling the play-by-play action and Malcolm Huckaby providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can listen to Wednesday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
Entering Wednesday's game, Tulsa has posted a 7-6 overall record with a 1-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play.
Golden Hurricane has lost two of its last three games but claimed a 61-59 win in overtime over UConn on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa.
Against UConn, sophomore guard Sterling Taplin and senior guard Pat Birt each posted 13 points to lead Tulsa... Taplin added a team-high six assists, while freshman forward Martins Igbanu snared a team-high seven rebounds.
This season, junior guard Jaleel Wheeler leads Tulsa with 11.8 points per game, while junior forward Junior Etou is a close second at 11.88 points per contest... Etou tops the team with 6.5 rebounds per game, while Taplin leads Tulsa with 3.4 assists per game. Head Coach Frank Haith is in his third season at Tulsa and his 13th season as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 232-158 record during his career and is 50-29 during his Tulsa tenure.
Previously built a 53-28 record at Missouri (2011-14) and was 129-101 at Miami (Fla.) (2004-11).
1988 graduate of Elon.
Following Wednesday's game, Cougars continue their homestand when they face No. 23/23 Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. ALL Houston-area high school students are invited to claim a FREE ticket to the Jan. 7 game against No. 23/23 Cincinnati. Students should visit uhcougars.com/highschool to claim their tickets.
From there, Cougars hit the road again for a two-game trip to play at East Carolina (5 p.m. CST, Jan. 11) and at UCF (3 p.m. CST, Jan. 14).
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