Jan. 9, 2012
| HOUSTON COUGARS (9-6 1-1 C-USA)|
at UCF KNIGHTS (12-3 2-0 C-USA)
|Time|| 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST)
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
|Location||UCF Arena (10,000) Orlando, Fla.||Radio|| Live Audio Streaming
SportsTalk 790 Houston IMG Sports Network
Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
Broadcast begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST)/
6:45 p.m. (EST)
|Television|| Live Video Streaming|
Bright House Sports Network
David Baumann, PxP
Christian Laettner (analyst)
Televised locally in Orlando only
|Series History||Houston leads 8-4|
|Last Meeting|| Houston won 74-71
Jan. 8, 2011 Houston, Texas
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Conference USA Notebook
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ORLANDO - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it faces Conference USA rival UCF at 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST) Thursday, inside UCF Arena.
The Cougars are coming off a tough 70-50 loss at UTEP on Saturday night. That setback ended the team's season-long, five-game winning streak, the program's longest streak since November-December 2008.
Against the Miners, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young led the team with 14 points, including three 3-pointers.
This season, junior guard Jonathon Simmons leads the Cougars with 15.3 points per game, while sophomore forward Alandise Harris ranks second on the squad with 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. Young stands third with 11.4 points per game and tops the team with 30 treys, while freshman forward TaShawn Thomas averages 10.5 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds per contest.
Wednesday's game marks the end of a two-game road swing that has the team flying more than 3,000 miles during a seven-day stretch. After flying to and returning from El Paso (1,352 miles), the Cougars now will head to the eastern end of Conference USA when they face the Knights in Orlando (1,694 miles).
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Wednesday's 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 5:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (MST), Wednesday.
Fans in Orlando can watch the game live on Bright House Sports Network with David Baumann calling the play-by-play action and Christian Laettner providing analysis. The game will be broadcast in the Orlando area only.
Fans can see and hear the audio and video streams 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.
SERIES HISTORY vs. UCF
Houston has posted an 8-4 record in the all-time series, which began Jan. 14, 2006. The series has been played at least once every season since the 2005-06 campaign when UCF joined C-USA.
UCF has won two of the last three games. Houston can boast of the most recent success, though, after taking a 74-71 win against UCF in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 8, 2011. That win snapped the Knights' 14-game winning streak to open the season.
Houston has posted a 3-2 all-time record against the Knights in Orlando. However, UCF has won two of the last three games on its home court.
UCF owns a 12-3 overall record and is 2-0 in C-USA play. The Knights join Southern Miss and Marshall as the only teams undefeated in C-USA play.
UCF has won its last four and eight of its last nine games. Only a 61-60 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 21, 2011, prevents a longer streak.
In its most recent action, UCF claimed an 81-63 win at East Carolina on Saturday. Against the Pirates, guard Isaiah Sykes scored 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds to lead all players in both categories. Keith Clanton and A.J. Rompza each posted 16 points, while Marcus Jordan finished with 12 points.
This season, Jordan - son of NBA great Michael Jordan - tops the Knights with 17.2 points per game. Clanton ranks second with 15.2 points per game and averages a team-high 9.4 rebounds per contest. Sykes ranks third on the team with 11.5 points per game, and Rompza is a close fourth at 11.3 points per game.
Head coach Donnie Jones is in his second season at UCF. He has posted a 33-15 record with the Knights and a 88-55 overall career mark.
Jones, who is a 1988 graduate of Pikeville-Ky., previously served as the head coach at Marshall, posting a 1-2 record against the Cougars during that time.
Jones will not be on the sidelines for Wednesday's game, finishing a three-game suspension due to his ties with an ongoing NCAA investigation. Associate head coach Shawn Finney will lead the Knights against the Cougars.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it plays host to Memphis at 8 p.m., Saturday. That game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Fans won't want to leave sight of the court at halftime. AcroDunk, a high-flying, basketball-dunking team, will perform a show sure to dazzle fans of both teams.
From there, the team heads north on Interstate 45 to meet C-USA rival SMU at 7 p.m., Jan. 18, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
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.