|UCONN HUSKIES (11-5 • 2-1 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (13-3 • 3-1 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Tickets||BUY Tickets • Tickets Info|
|Time||1 p.m. • Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston|
|Television||CBS Sports Network • Channel Finder
Carter Blackburn, PxP
Pete Gillen, analyst
Cassie Gallo, sideline
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 12:45 p.m.
|Series History||Houston leads 3-2
• Houston won last, two of last three
• Third straight season teams will play;
• Houston won last 70-68
Feb. 1, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
Houston leads 2-1 in Houston
• Houston won last 70-68
Feb. 1, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• UConn Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON –The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program continues its American Athletic Conference season when it plays host to UConn at 1 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Tickets go on sale at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows and doors open at noon, Sunday. To avoid lines closer to game time, fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Sunday’s showdown features two of the top-four scoring offenses in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars rank second in the league with 80.1 points per game and are averaging the most points since 1990-91. UConn ranks fourth with 76.8 points per game.
The Cougars (13-3, 3-1 American) enter this weekend’s game on the heels of a tough 70-59 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Despite trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half, Houston rallied to trim that deficit to three points late in the game but could get no closer in dropping their first league game of the season.
Senior guard LeRon Barnes led the Cougars with a career 17 points and five 3-pointers against the Bearcats. The Stonewall, La., native set a career high with 13 rebounds against Temple on Jan. 2 and topped that total with 14 boards against Tulane on Jan. 5 before setting a scoring best.
Freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., added 13 points with four assists.
This season, sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.7 points per game.
Senior forward Devonta Pollard averages 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game to rank among the league’s top-15 leaders in both categories. The Porterville, Miss., native is one of only four players in the league to stand that high in each category.
Fans should stick around the court for Sunday’s halftime for an exciting promotion. A fan who makes a layup, free throw and 3-pointer in a selected time receives a FREE LASIK procedure, courtesy of nJoy Vision at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
In addition, all fans with ticket stubs in the winning fan’s seating section will receive a $500 off per eye coupon from nJoy Vision at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday'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 12:45 p.m. (CST), Sunday.
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 CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Cassie Gallo reporting from the sideline. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
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.
UConn enters Sunday’s game with an 11-5 overall mark and 2-2 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Huskies are in eighth place in the latest league standings and receiving 34 votes in the latest USA TODAY Coaches’ poll, released Monday.
UConn lost two of their last three games after a 5-game winning streak.
In its last game, UConn was held to 30.9 percent (17-of-55) from the field, including 25.8 percent (8-of-31) in the second half in a 60-51 loss at Tulane on Thursday.
Against the Golden Hurricane, guard Sterling Gibbs led UConn with 20 points and four 3-pointers. Forward Shonn Miller added 14 points, while guard Daniel Hamilton totaled five points with game highs of 14 rebounds and five assists.
This season, Rodney Purvis leads the Huskies with 14.5 points per game. Miller stands second with 13.2 points per contest, while Gibbs is a close third at 12.9 points per game. Hamilton ranks fourth with 12.4 points per game but tops the team with 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
Head Coach Kevin Ollie is in his fourth year at UConn and has a collegiate head coach. He has compiled an 83-38 during his career, including a 1-2 mark against Houston.
Following Sunday’s game, the Cougars quickly hit the road again for a showdown at No. 10 SMU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
From there, the team returns to Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games against American Athletic Conference rivals. The brief homestand begins at 3 p.m., Jan. 23, against USF and continues at 7 p.m., Jan. 27, against Tulsa.
Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.