Men's Hoops Back in Action Saturday Afternoon vs. #19/18 UCF

Jan. 6, 2011

#19/18 UCF KNIGHTS (14-0 • 1-0 C-USA)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (8-6 • 0-1 C-USA )
 Time  4 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Series History  Houston leads 7-4
 Last Time  UCF won last 68-65, Orlando, Feb. 16, 2010
 Houston Sports Network • SportsTalk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 3:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Streaming
 No network broadcast
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion this weekend when it plays host to No. 19/18 UCF at 4 p.m., Saturday, in a Conference USA showdown.

The Cougars (8-6, 0-1 C-USA) enter this weekend's game on the heels of a tough 85-73 loss at Southern Miss on Wednesday in the league opener for both teams. Although the Cougars shot a season-high 56.5 percent from the field and held the lead at halftime, Southern Miss used a strong run early in the second half to take the win.

Against the Golden Eagles, senior guard Adam Brown poured in a team-high 20 points, while senior guard Zamal Nixon finished with a team-high eight assists. Brown leads the Cougars and ranks among the C-USA top-15 individual leaders with 14.6 points per game.

Nixon tops the Cougars and the league with 2.4 steals per game and ranks second in the league with 5.4 assists per contest.

This marks the 30th consecutive season that the Cougars will face at least one nationally ranked opponent. A year ago, Houston went 2-1 against ranked rivals with wins against No. 25/RV Oklahoma during the Carr/s Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and against No. 25/21 UTEP during the C-USA Championship title game.

Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. Fans can choose from a variety of different ticket packages that best suit their needs, including the Weekend Package (8 Saturday home games) and the Conference USA Package (8 C-USA home games).

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.

Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 3:45 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

No. 19/18 UCF brings a 14-0 overall record and 1-0 league mark into Saturday's game. In their most recent action, the Knights outscored Marshall 37-30 in the second half on the way to a 65-58 win Wednesday in Orlando.

Against the Thundering Herd, guard Marcus Jordan led all players with 26 points and added six rebounds and five assists. Forward Keith Clanton added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Isaac Sosa finished with 13 points.

Jordan leads the Knights and ranks eighth in the league with 16.7 points per game. Clanton stands second on the team with 15.9 points but tops the Knights with 8.8 rebounds per contest. Guard A.J. Rompza leads the team with 3.7 assists per game.

Head coach Donnie Jones is in his first season at UCF. He has posted a 14-0 record with the Knights and a 69-41 overall career record. Jones previously served as the head coach at Marshall, posting a 1-2 record against the Cougars during that time.

Saturday's game marks the sixth straight season that both teams will meet on the hardwood. Houston owns a 7-4 (.636) lead in the all-time series, which began Jan. 14, 2006.

UCF enters this weekend's contest on a two-game winning streak against the Cougars after sweeping the regular-season series in 2009-10. The Knights' current streak stopped the Cougars' own four-game winning streak against UCF.

This series has been played at least once every year since the 2005-06 season when UCF joined Conference USA. The 2010-11 season will be the first time that the two squads have not play at least twice in a season.

Houston has posted a 3-2 (.600) record against UCF at Hofheinz Pavilion. However, UCF enjoyed the most recent success in Houston with a 78-71 win on Jan. 20, 2010.

The Cougars take a week-long break from their schedule before returning to action at 2 p.m., Saturday, at SMU in Dallas. That game will be televised live on The Texas Channel on Time Warner Cable (channel 185) in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts of the SMU game in their area.

From there, the team returns home to play host to Tulsa at 6 p.m., Jan. 19, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be televised live on CBS College Sports.



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