|HOUSTON COUGARS (13-2 • 3-0 American)
at CINCINNATI BEARCATS (12-5 • 2-2 American)
|Time||6 p.m. (CST) • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016|
|Location||Fifth Third Arena (13,176) • Cincinnati|
|Television||ESPNU • WatchESPN
Alex Faust, PxP
Brooke Weisbrod, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 5:45 p.m. (CST)
|Series History||Cincinnati leads 26-1
• Cincinnati won last 12
• Second straight season teams will play;
• Cincinnati won last 63-53
Feb. 21, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
Cincinnati leads 13-0 in Cincinnati
• Cincinnati won last 67-54
Jan. 21, 2015 (Cincinnati)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Cincinnati Notes
• The American Notes
CINCINNATI –After a week-long break in its schedule, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program returns to action at 6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, when it faces American Athletic Conference rival Cincinnati inside Fifth Third Arena.
Winners of their first three games to open American play, the Cougars have not played since taking a 63-45 win against Tulane on Jan. 5 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
However, the Cougars are no stranger to the road this season. Houston opened American Athletic Conference play with wins at USF on Dec. 30 and at Temple on Jan. 2. It was the first time since 1946-47 that the Cougars opened conference play with a 2-0 record after back-to-back road games.
Houston leads the league with 81.5 points per game and has scored at least 75 points in 10 of 15 games this season. The Cougars are on pace to post the program’s highest scoring average since the 1982-83 squad averaged 82.4 points per contest.
Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 18.6 points per game – two points higher than his closest competitor – and is one of four Cougars to average double-digit points. The Forest City, N.C., native is the only Cougar to reach double digits in every game in which he has played this season.
Senior forward Devonta Pollard stands second among the Cougars with 14.1 points per game and leads the Cougars with a 52.8 field goal percentage. Junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson is third with 12.1 points per game but leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game and four double-doubles in 2015-16.
Competing in his first season with the Cougars, junior point guard Ronnie Johnson stands fourth with 11.9 points per game and trails only freshman point guard Galen Robinson (3.7) for the team lead in assists with 3.2 per game.
Despite the impressive offensive numbers, the Cougars have been equally effective on the defensive side of the ball. Houston is allowing 66.7 points per game, which is the program’s second-lowest mark since 2005-06.
The 45 points allowed against Tulane in the Cougars’ most recent win was the fewest allowed in a conference game since a 63-43 win against Saint Louis on Feb. 2, 2005, and was the fewest overall since an 88-42 win over Grambling State in the 2011-12 season opener.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Wednesday's Men's Basketball 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 5:45 p.m. (CST), Wednesday.
Fans 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.
The game will be shown on ESPNU with Alex Faust calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Cincinnati enters Wednesday’s game with an 12-5 overall mark and 2-2 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Bearcats are tied for ninth in the league with Tulsa and have won two of their last three games.
In its last game, Cincinnati claimed a 54-51 win at USF on Sunday in Tampa, Fla. After battling to a 26-26 tie at halftime, Bearcats outscored USF by three in the final 20 minutes to earn the win.
Against the Bulls, junior guard Troy Caupain led Cincinnati with 14 points and four 3-pointers. Senior forwards Octavius Ellis and Shaq Thomas posted 10 points apiece with sophomore forward Gary Clark grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
This season, senior guard Farad Cobb leads Cincinnati with 12.1 points per game. Caupain ranks second on the team with 11.2 points per game and paces the team with 4.6 assists per game. Clark ranks third with 9.5 points per game but leads the Bearcats with 8.6 assists per contest.
Head Coach Mick Cronin is in his 10th year at Cincinnati and his 13th as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 197-123 record during his Cincinnati career after building a 69-24 record at Murray State (2003-06).
Cronin is 4-0 during his career against Houston.
Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to UConn at 1 p.m., Sunday, in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
From there, Houston quickly hits the road again for a showdown at No. 10 SMU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also 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.
Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.
Fans can purchase tickets to any three remaining home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.
Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.
Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.
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