|HOUSTON COUGARS (12-2 • 2-0 American)
at #9/9 WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS (11-2 • 1-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||6 p.m. • Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018|
|Location||Charles Koch Arena (10,506) • Wichita, Kan.|
Adam Amin, play-by-play
John Thompson III, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
• Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m.
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Wichita State Notes
• The American Notes
WICHITA, Kan. – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball continues its American Athletic Conference schedule when it takes on No. 9/9 Wichita State at 6 p.m., Thursday, inside Charles Koch Arena.
This showdown between two of the three 2-0 teams in the league features the top two shooting teams in the American Athletic Conference. Wichita State hits 48.3 percent from the field, while the Cougars are a close second at 48.2 percent.
The Cougars and Shockers also rank among the league’s top-three leaders in scoring offense (Wichita State, 84.7 ppg, 1st; Houston 80.6 ppg, 3rd) and 3-point field goal percentage (Houston 40.1 percent, 2nd; Wichita State 39.8 percent, 3rd).
Houston has won its last four and 11 of its last 12 games. In the most recent action, the Cougars used a 20-2 second-half run and held off a late rally to take a 76-73 win over Temple on Saturday evening in Houston.
Junior forward Breaon Brady enjoyed a career day to lead the Cougars, scoring a career-high 21 points while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. The Akron, Ohio, native connected 8-of-9 shots from the field and all but one of his six free throw attempts to lead the Cougars.
Senior guard Rob Gray was limited to eight points against Temple – ending a streak of 43 consectuive games with double-digit point – but continues to lead The American with 19.0 points per game. However, the Forest City, N.C., native made his impact felt in other ways, tying his career high with seven rebounds and dishing out a team-high-tying three assists.
Devin Davis leads the Cougars and ranks ninth in the league with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Fans can watch Thursday’s game live on ESPN with Adam Amin calling the play-by-play action and John Thompson III providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can hear Thursday’s game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
ABOUT WICHITA STATE
• Wichita State brings a 11-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in American Athletic Conference place into Thursday’s game.
• Shockers are ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll (1,026 points) and No. 9 in the recent USA TODAY Coaches’ poll (466 points).
• Wichita State has won its last three games and seven of its last eight... Only a 91-83 home loss to Oklahoma on Dec. 9 prevents a longer winning streak.
• In most recent action, Wichita State claimed a 72-62 win at UConn in Hartford, Conn., in its inaugural American Athletic Conference game.
• Against the Huskies, guard Landry Shamet led the Shockers with 16 points, thanks to 5-of-6 shooting from the 3-point line... Forward Rashard Kelly totaled 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and led all players with 12 rebounds... Guard Conner Frankamp totaled 11 points with three treys, while Austin Reaves came off the bench to post 11 points with three treys, four rebounds and a pair of assists.
• This season, Shamet leads Wichita State with 17.0 points and 4.7 assists per game... Darral Willis Jr. stands second among the Shockers with 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game... Shaquille Morris ranks third with 11.8 points per game, and Frankamp is a close fourth with 11.5 points per contest... Kelly paces the team with 8.2 rebounds per game…
• Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his 11th season at Wichita State and his 20th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 272-92 record at Wichita State and is 466-175 during his career… Previously built a 194-83 record at Winthrop (1998-07).
• Thursday’s game will be the first time Marshall has faced Houston during his career.
• Marshall is 0-1 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers... Sampson’s 1999-00 Oklahoma team claimed a 74-50 win over Marshall’s Winthrop team in the NCAA Tournament West Region First Round on March 16, 2000.
• Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars will take a break from competition before facing Tulsa at 6 p.m., Jan. 11, inside H&PE Arena.
• From there, Houston will hit the road for a pair of games... The swing begins at 1 p.m., Jan. 14, when the Cougars take on ECU inside Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C... Game can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Cougars then head east on Interstate 10 to take on Tulane at 7 p.m., Jan. 17, inside H&PE Arena... Game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with single-game tickets starting at only $12. Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
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