Men's Basketball Returns to Hofheinz Pavilion

Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas

Jan. 12, 2012

at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-7 • 1-2 C-USA)
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Time  8 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 7:45 p.m.
 Television  CBS Sports Network
 James Bates, PxP; Pete Gillen, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 7:45 p.m.
 Cougar All-Access will NOT be available due
    to CBS Sports broadcast

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 Series History  Memphis leads 25-12
 Houston won two of last three
 Last Meeting  Memphis won 69-58 • Feb. 22, 2011
 FedExForum • Memphis, Tenn.
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 8 p.m., Saturday, when it plays host to Conference USA-rival Memphis inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars look to get back on the winning track and hope an mini-homestand in front of the hometown fans will help. Beginning with Saturday's games, three of Houston's next four contests will take place inside Hofheinz Pavilion. After a road trip to Houston on Wednesday, the Cougars meet East Carolina (Jan. 21) and UTEP (Jan. 28) to close out the month.

Saturday's game promises to be an exciting one for fans with the top two scoring offenses in the league. Houston leads all 12 teams - and ranks 34th nationally - with 76.6 points per game, while Memphis is a close second at 75.1 points per contest.

Houston enters this weekend's contest looking to end a two-game skid, both on the road. In its most recent action, Houston dropped a 74-63 decision at UCF on Wednesday despite a 19-point, six-rebound performance from sophomore forward Alandise Harris.

This season, junior forward Jonathon Simmons continues to lead the Cougars and rank ninth in the league with 14.5 points per contest. The Houston native and Smiley High product also stands fifth in C-USA, hitting 54.3 percent of his shots from the field.

Following Wednesday's effort, Harris stands second among the Cougars with 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Little Rock, Ark, native also ranks fourth in the league with a 54.5 field goal percentage.

Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young, who grabbed a career-best six rebounds at UCF on Wednesday, ranks third among the Cougars with 11.1 points per game and stands among the C-USA top-10 individual leaders in both 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made per game.

Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas ranks fourth on the team with 10.8 points per game and leads the Cougars with 7.9 rebounds per contest. The Killeen, Texas, native stands among the C-USA top-10 individual leaders in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks per game (2.6).

Fans can hear the 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 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans can watch the game live on CBS Sports Network with James Bates handling the play-by-play duties and Pete Gillen serving as analyst.

Fans can hear the stream 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. Video from Saturday's game will NOT be available in Cougar All-Access due to CBS Sports' broadcast.

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

Team members from AcroDunk will electrify fans with their exciting, high-flying show on the court. This team, which has been featured on NBC's America's Got Talent, combines edgy street ball flavor with Cirque du Soleil showmanship.

Members have been trained by and continue to receive direction from Jerry Burrell, who previously worked as TURBO, the Houston Rockets' acrodunking mascot. Under his direction, AcroDunk continues to provide gravity-defying, acrobatic, slam-dunk action at professional and collegiate venues across the country.

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.

Houston has posted a 12-25 record in the all-time series, which began Dec. 8, 1956. The series has been played at least once every season since the 1994-95 campaign, and the teams have competed as Conference USA rivals since the 1996-97 season.

Houston has won two of the last three games. However, Memphis can boast of the most recent success with its 69-58 win in FedExForum in Memphis on Feb. 22, 2011.

The Cougars have posted a 5-9 all-time record against the Tigers in Houston. Memphis has won three of the last four meetings in Hofheinz Pavilion.

In the last meeting in Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston enjoyed a 92-75 win on Feb. 24, 2010. It was Houston's biggest win in the series against the Tigers.

Memphis owns an 11-5 overall record and is tied with UCF and Marshall for the league lead with a 2-0 record.

In most recent action, the Tigers claimed a 60-58 win against Southern Miss at FedExForum in Memphis. The Tigers built an 11-point lead in the second half and held off a late Southern Miss rally to earn the win.

Against Southern Miss, guard Antonio Barton scored 13 points with a pair of rebounds, while guard Will Barton added 11 points and nine boards. Forward Tarik Black led all players with 10 rebounds.

This season, Will Barton leads the team and ranks first in the league with 18.4 points per game. He also paces the Tigers with 8.9 rebounds per game. Joe Jackson stands second among the Tigers with 10.5 points per contest.

Head coach Josh Pastner, a 1998 graduate of Arizona, is in his third season at Memphis and has posted a 60-25 career record. He is 2-2 against the Cougars.

The Cougars head north on Interstate 45 to face SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

From there, Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games to close out the month. That brief stand begins Jan. 21 against East Carolina and continues Jan. 28 vs. UTEP.



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