|#22/22 CINCINNATI BEARCATS (12-2 2-0 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (12-3 3-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Alex Faust, play-by-play
Mark Wise, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program will play host in a battle of undefeated American Athletic Conference teams when the Cougars meet Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
For only the 10th time in school history, the Cougars have started their conference season 3-0 after a gritty 64-61 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Playing without junior guard and Preseason All-American Athletic Conference honoree Rob Gray -- who was sidelined and sent home to rest with the flu -- the Cougars overcame a 32-28 halftime deficit to outscore Tulsa by seven in the second half.
Trailing 59-57 with less than two minutes remaining, the Cougars scored five unanswered points from the free throw line to take the lead for good and iced the victory when sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. swatted Corey Henderson's game-tying, 3-point attempt at the horn.
Starting in place of Gray, junior guard Wes VanBeck totaled a career-high 16 points, thanks to a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line, during a career-high 37 minutes of work.
Steady as ever, senior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson led all players with 18 points, four 3-pointers and three steals and grabbed six rebounds to lead four Cougars in double digits.
This season, Dotson ranks second among the Cougars with 15.2 points per game and leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per contest. He is one of only four players to be ranked among The American's top-10 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Robinson led all players in Wednesday's game with five assists and is ranked second in the league and 52nd nationally with 5.2 assists per game. With 22 more assists, the Westbury Christian product will become only the 18th player in school history with multiple 100+ assist seasons during his career.
A year ago, the Cougars claimed a 69-56 win over Cincinnati inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Senior Night. That win snapped a 15-game losing streak to UC and was the Cougars' first win over the Bearcats since Feb. 2, 1973.
1960s pennants -- Fans can get a FREE UH pennant highlighting basketball from the 1960s while supplies last before the game.
Youth Jerseys -- All kids wearing youth team basketball jerseys to Saturday's game get in FREE with $5 tickets for parents at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows on game day.
Football Appreciation Offer -- ALL Houston Football season-ticket holders should check their emails for information and a link for an offer for Saturday's game, which includes a $5 ticket and a FREE hot dog.
Tickets -- For only $19.60, fans can receive 2 tickets, 2 soft drinks and 2 popcorns at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows.
Family 4-Pack -- Families can receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks and 4 popcorns for $60.
Student Concessions Combo -- ALL current University of Houston students with valid ID can receive a hot dog, popcorn and soft drink for only $8 at the concession stands.
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 Saturday's game on ESPNU with Alex Faust calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise 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 Saturday'ss 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 Saturday's game, Cincinnati has posted a 12-2 overall record and is tied for first with a 2-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play.
Bearcats are ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls.
Cincinnati has won its last five games and 10 of its last 11... Last loss was a 75-65 setback at Butler on Dec. 10, 2016.
Bearcats enter Saturday's game after a six-day break... Last competed on Sunday in a 92-56 home win against Tulane.
Against Tulane, Bearcats connected on 56.9 percent of their 58 shots and limited the Green Wave to only 27.4 percent.
Freshman Jarron Cumberland came off the bench to post 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while guard Kevin Johnson added 15 points... Guard Jacob Evans totaled 13 points... Guard Troy Caupain led all players with eight assists and Tre Scott finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.
This season, Evans leads the Bearcats with 15.4 points per game. Kyle Washington ranks second with 13.4 points per game but leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per contest... Caupain is tops with 4.6 assists per game.
Head Coach Mick Cronin is in his 11th season at Cincinnati and his 14th season as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 288-155 record during his career and is 219-131 during his Cincinnati tenure.
Previously built a 69-24 record at Murray State (2003-06)
1997 graduate of Cincinnati.
Following Saturday's game, 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).
From there, Houston returns home to play host to Memphis at 8 p.m., Jan. 19, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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