Jan. 2, 2012
| TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE (7-7 0-0 C-USA)|
at HOUSTON COUGARS (8-5 0-0 C-USA)
|Time||7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas||Radio|| Live Streaming
SportsTalk 790 Houston IMG Sports Network
Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
|Series History||Series tied at 20-20 Tulsa won four of last five|
|Last Meeting|| Tulsa won 76-71 (OT) Feb. 5, 2011
Reynolds Center Tulsa, Okla.
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Conference USA Notebook
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team begins the year 2012 with the start of Conference USA play when it meets Tulsa at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Winners of their last four games and their last five home contests, the Cougars (8-5) enter Wednesday's game on the heels of a dominating 94-71 win against Texas State on Friday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That was the program's highest point total under second-year head coach James Dickey and the team's most points since a 105-81 win against TCU on Dec. 23, 2009.
Against Texas State, the Cougars raced out to a 25-4 lead midway through the first half and never looked back in avenging a road loss to the Bobcats earlier this season. Texas State rallied to move to within four in the second half, but Houston used a 19-4 run to ice the win.
Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young led all players with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting with a career-high-tying four 3-pointers against the Bobcats. Sophomore forward Alandise Harris added 17 points, while freshman forward TaShawn Thomas posted career bests with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
For his impressive performance, Thomas was honored Monday as the Conference USA Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
This season, junior guard Jonathon Simmons continues to lead the Cougars with 15.7 points per game, while Harris ranks second at 14.3 points. With last weekend's outing, Young moved into third place among the Cougars with 11.4 points game.
Thomas stands fourth on the team with 10.5 points per game but adds a team-high 8.8 rebounds per contest to stand seventh in the league.
Wednesday's game will be the end of a season-long, five game homestand for the Cougars. The Cougars have posted a 4-0 record on the stand to improve to 7-3 in front of the hometown fans this season.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can watch and hear the stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
SERIES HISTORY vs. TULSA
The all-time series against Tulsa is tied at 20-20. This series began Feb. 10, 1951, and has been played at least once every season for the last six years.
Tulsa has won four of the last five games, including the most recent contest, a 76-71 win in overtime on Feb. 5, 2011. The last Houston win was a 64-57 decision in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 19, 2011
The Cougars are 12-7 all-time against Tulsa in Houston.
Tulsa brings a 7-7 overall record into Wednesday's game. Like the Cougars, this will be Tulsa's Conference USA opener.
In its most recent game, the Golden Hurricane claimed a 74-66 win at TCU on Saturday night. Tulsa shot 50 percent from the field in the game, including 61 percent (11-of-18) in the second half alone. It was Tulsa's second straight win and their third victory in the last four games.
Against the Horned Frogs, guard Jordan Clarkson led all players with 23 points and added three rebounds and five assists. Center Kodi Maduka posted 15 points with a game-high 15 rebounds.
This season, Clarkson leads the team with 15.6 points per game. Scottie Haralson ranks second with 11.5 points per game, while Maduka is tops with 7.4 assists per contest.
Head coach Doug Wojcik is in his seventh year at Tulsa and has posted a 124-78 record. He has posted a 4-4 mark against Houston during his career.
The Cougars travel to the ends of Conference USA for their next two games. Houston meets UTEP in El Paso, Texas, at 8 p.m. (CST), Saturday before facing UCF in Orlando, Fla., at 6 p.m. (CST), Jan. 11.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Memphis at 8 p.m., Jan. 14. That game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.
In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.
With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.
Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.