Men's Basketball on the Road to Meet USF on Saturday
Jan. 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program opens the year 2014 when it meets American Athletic Conference rival USF at 3 p.m. (CST)/4 p.m. (EST), Saturday, inside the Sun Dome.
The Cougars (9-5 1-0) enter this weekend's game on the heels of a thrilling 75-71 win over No. 17/15 UConn on Tuesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Junior forward TaShawn Thomas broke a tie with two free throws with nine seconds remaining and then blocked UConn's game-tying, layup attempt five seconds later to seal the win.
With the win against the Huskies, the Cougars claimed their first win against a nationally ranked opponent since 2010-11. It also was Houston's second win against a ranked opponent in their last three tries.
The Cougars also knocked off their highest-ranked opponent since a 69-65 win over No. 15/13 Arizona inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2005.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The Killeen, Texas native is the only player to rank among the league's top-two leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Stiggers stands third on the team with 10.1 points per game and ranks among the league leaders with 1.9 3-pointers per game.
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ON THE AIR
Saturday's game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover calling the play-by-play action and Bob Wenzel providing analysis. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play or by clicking here. The pregame show will start at 2:45 p.m. (CST)/3:45 p.m. (EST), Saturday.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the Live Stats link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
USF enters Saturday's game after dropping an 88-73 decision at No. 18/18 Memphis on Tuesday in its first American Athletic Conference game.
The Bulls have lost three of their last four games. Only a 61-57 win at Bradley on Dec. 28 prevents a longer streak.
Against the Tigers, forward Victor center John Egbunu led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Victor Rudd added 17 points with eight rebounds, while guard Corey Allen, Jr., posted 15 points. Martino Brock came off the bench to total 13 points and a pair of steals.
This season, Rudd leads the Bulls with 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Allen, Jr., stands second with 12.6 points and 3.3 assists per contest. Anthony Collins leads the way with 5.9 assists per game.
Head coach Stan Heath is in his seventh year at USF and his 13th season overall as a head coach. He has posted a 94-115 record at USF and assembled a 206-192 overall career mark.
Heath previously served as head coach at Arkansas (2002-07, 82-71 record) and at Kent State (2001-02, 30-6 record). Saturday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Jan. 7. Fans should note that Guy V. Lewis Night has been moved from the Cincinnati game and will be held prior to the Cougars' Feb. 5 contest against defending national champion Louisville.
From there, the Cougars will take a break from their schedule before meeting No. 16/14 Louisville at 6 p.m. (CST), Jan. 16 inside Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.