Men's Basketball Hosts Memphis on Sunday

Jan. 9, 2015

MEMPHIS TIGERS (8-6 • 1-2 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-7 • 0-3 American)
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Time 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television CBS Sports Network
   Carter Blackburn, PxP
   Pete Gillen, analyst
   Cassie Gallo, sideline
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Memphis leads 29-13
20th straight season teams have played
Memphis won last, five of last six
Memphis won last 73-54
   Memphis, Tenn. (Dec. 31, 2014)
Memphis leads 10-6 in Houston
Houston won two of last three in Houston
Houston won last in Houston
   77-68 (Feb. 27, 2014, Hofheinz Pavilion)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program will have revenge on its mind when it takes the floor against American Athletic Conference rival Memphis at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Wells Fargo.

Sunday's game will be the finale of the regular-season series against the Tigers after Memphis claimed a 73-54 win on New Year's Eve in FedExForum. The two teams played a close first half before Memphis used a big run to start the second half.

In their last game on Tuesday night, the Cougars exploded out of the locker room at halftime on a 21-0 run to start the second half and quickly erased a 12-point deficit at the break. However, UCF rallied and took advantage of 3-pointers at the end of regulation and overtime to steal the win inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.1 points per game. The Terrell, Texas, native recently became only the fourth player in school history to drain more than 200 3-pointers in his Houston career and needs only 123 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard stands second on the team with 11.9 points per game and leads the Cougars with 6.9 rebounds per game. The Porterville, Miss., native is one of only four players to rank among the American Athletic Conference's top-19 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Junior guard LeRon Barnes is just behind Pollard on the Cougars' rebounding list but is one of only four players to stand among the league's top-nine leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding.

Despite being hobbled by a foot injury and missing six games earlier in the season, junior point guard L.J. Rose ranks third among the Cougars with 11.0 points per game and dishes out a team-high 5.6 assists per game.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 2:45 p.m., Sunday.

Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

CBS Sports Network logo Fans can watch Sunday's game live on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Cassie Gallo reporting from the sidelines.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Memphis logo ABOUT MEMPHIS
Memphis enters Sunday's game with an 8-6 overall mark. The Tigers are 1-2 in American Athletic Conference play, tying for seventh with UCF and USF.

After knocking off Houston on New Year's Eve, the Tigers have lost their last two games. In its most recent action, Memphis dropped a 73-59 decision at SMU inside Moody Coliseum on Thursday night.

Against SMU, Memphis fell behind 34-31 at halftime and never looked back in dropping their second straight game. The Tigers were outrebounding 38-22 and allowed the Mustangs to hit 51.9 percent from the field.

Forward Austin Nicholls posted 11 points to lead the Tigers, while D'Marnier Cunningham came off the bench to add 10 points. Guard Markel Crawford led the way with four assists and forward Chris Hawkins grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.

This season, Nichols paces the Tigers with 12.8 points per game, while Trahson Burrell stands second at 10.5 points per contest. Guard Pookie Powell leads the team with 3.6 assists per game, and forward Shaq Goodwin is tops with 6.4 rebounds per contest.

Head coach Josh Pastner is in his sixth year at Memphis, posting a 138-50 record during that time. He posted a 6-3 record against Houston during his career.

Sunday's game will be the second of two regular-season meetings between the teams. The Tigers claimed a 73-54 win inside FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 31, 2014.

This mark the 20th consecutive season the teams have competed in Men's Basketball. The series has been played at least once every year since 1994-95 with the teams competing as Conference USA rivals from 1998 to 2013.

Memphis leads the all-time series 29-13 and has won five of the last six games. Only Houston win in that stretch was a 77-68 victory on Feb. 27, 2014, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That victory snapped a four-game losing streak to the Tigers.

The series dates back to Dec. 8, 1956, an 87-78 Memphis win in Houston.

Memphis owns a 10-6 lead in the all-time series in Houston. However, Houston has won two of the last three meetings inside Hofheinz Pavilion, including a 77-58 victory on Feb. 27, 2014, in the most recent game there.

Memphis' last win in Houston was an 89-55 victory on Jan. 14, 2012, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

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