|TULANE GREEN WAVE (12-5 3-2 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-9 0-5 American)
|Tickets||BUY Tickets Tickets Info|
|Time||11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Mike Crispino, PxP
Kevin Lehman, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 10:45 a.m.
|Series History||Series tied 15-15
18th in last 19 years teams will play
Houston won last, two of last three
Houston won last 96-94
New Orleans (March 9, 2013)
Houston leads 9-4 in Houston
Houston won two of last three in Houston
Tulane won last in Houston
88-85 (Feb. 9, 2013 Hofheinz Pavilion)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 11 a.m., Saturday, when it plays host to American Athletic Conference rival Tulane inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Coca-Cola.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 66-61 loss at East Carolina on Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C. After falling behind as many as 13 points midway through the second half, Houston rallied to move to within a point on two occasions late but could get no closer.
Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers was limited to only five points and did not connect on any of his five 3-point attempts. That snapped his streak of 26 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer, tying with Kelvin Lewis for the second-longest streak in school history.
Despite his total, Stiggers remains the second-leading scorer in the American Athletic Conference with 16.1 points per game, The Terrell, Texas, native trails only UConn's Ryan Boatright, who leads the league with 16.3 points per contest.
Stiggers also moved up in Houston's career scoring chart and closer to a milestone. With 895 points, Stiggers now ranks 52nd in school history and needs only 105 more points to become the Cougars' 45th 1,000-point scorer.
Stiggers also leads the league and ranks fourth nationally with 3.9 3-point field goals per game.
A year after leading the league with 5.5 assists per game, Rose continues that pace and is averaging 5.3 assists per contest, despite missing the first seven games following foot surgery in the fall. His total would rank second in the conference if he had competed in enough games to date to qualify.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Saturday'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 10:45 a.m., Saturday.
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.
Fans can watch Saturday's game live on ESPNews with Mike Crispino calling the play-by-play and Kevin Lehman providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
BUY TICKETS NOW
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.
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.
Tulane enters Saturday's game with a 12-5 overall mark. The Green Wave is 3-2 in American Athletic Conference play, tying with Temple for fourth place.
Tulane has lost two of its last three games and split its last four contests.
In its most recent action, the Green Wave dropped a 103-101 decision in triple overtime at UCF on Wednesday night. Against UCF, Tulane buried 16 3-pointers and outrebounded the Knights 45-41.
Junior guard Louis Dabney led Tulane with 26 points, including six 3-pointers, while senior guard Jay Hook finished with 25 points, thanks to a game-high seven treys, and snared a team-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Jonathan Stark totaled 18 points with a game-high 10 assists, and freshman center Dylan Osetkowski added 11 points with four rebounds.
This season, Dabney leads Tulane with 13.8 points per game. Stark ranks second with 12.1 points per game but leads the Green Wave with 4.5 assists per contest. Hooks stands third on the team with 11.9 points per game with senior forward Tre Dye's 4.8 rebounds per game leading all players.
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his fifth year at Tulane, posting a 77-70 record during that time. In more than 12 years as a collegiate head coach, Conroy has assembled a 167-186 record. He previously served as head coach at The Citadel (2006-10, 49-76 record) and Francis Marion (1997-00, 41-40 record)
Conroy has posted a 3-4 record against Houston during his career, including a 3-3 mark as Tulane's head coach.
Saturday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. The teams square off again at 7 p.m., March 4, in New Orleans.
Saturday's game will be the first meeting in the series since March 9, 2013, a 96-94 Houston win in New Orleans. It also will be the first meeting as American Athletic Conference rivals.
This will be the 18th time in the last 19 years that these two teams have met on the hardwood. The teams competed regularly from 1996-97 to 2012-13 as members of Conference USA.
The series is tied 15-15 with the teams alternating wins and losses in each of the last four games. This series dates back to Dec. 11, 1946, a 62-49 Tulane win in New Orleans
Houston owns a 9-4 record against Tulane on its home court. The Cougars have won four of their last five home meetings against Tulane. However, Tulane can boast of the most recent success after taking an 88-85 win on Feb. 9, 2013, in the most recent meeting.
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