Jan. 18, 2014
|RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (8-9 2-2 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (10-7 2-2 American)
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas|
|Television||CBS Sports Network Channel Finder
John Sadak, PxP
Chris Walker, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History|| Houston leads 1-0
Houston won last 95-84
at Oklahoma City, Okla. (Dec. 29, 1973)
First meeting in Houston
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at noon, Sunday, when it plays host to American Athletic Conference-rival Rutgers inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by AT&T.
Sunday's game marks the first time since the 1973-74 season that the Cougars will face Rutgers, a span of 14,631 days.
The Cougars (10-7 2-2 The American) look to snap a two-game losing streak when they square off against the Scarlet Knights. In their most recent outing, Houston dropped a tough 91-52 decision at No. 18/14 Louisville inside the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday night.
Against the Cardinals, junior forward TaShawn Thomas posted 16 points and led all players with 11 rebounds for his team-leading seventh double-double of the season and the 32nd of his career. The Killeen, Texas, native also moved into 27th place in school history with 1,168 points during his career.
This season, Thomas is the only player to rank among The American's top-4 leaders in both scoring and rebounding and also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage, blocked shots, offensive and defensive rebounds and minutes played.
Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Cougars. The Terrell, Texas, native ranks among the league leaders in 3-point field goals made per game.
Despite Thursday's loss, the Cougars were boosted by the return of sophomore guards L.J. Rose and Danuel House. House missed nine games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early December, while Rose was sidelined for five games with a foot injury.
This will be the first of back-to-back Sunday home games for the Cougars. Houston meets SMU at 2 p.m., Jan. 26 in another American showdown. The Cougars swept the Mustangs during the regular season a year ago.
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ON THE AIR
Sunday's game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with John Sadak calling the play-by-play action and Chris Walker providing analysis. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Sunday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis or by clicking here. The pregame show will start at 11:45 a.m., Sunday.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
Rutgers enters Sunday's game with an 8-9 overall record and 2-2 mark in The American play. The Scarlet Knights are tied for fifth in the league standings.
Rutgers has split its last four games with losses in two of its last three contests. In its most recent outing, Rutgers took an 85-75 win over UCF on Wednesday inside the Rutgers Athletic Center to snap a two-game skid.
Against the Knights, guard Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights with 25 points, four 3-pointers and eight assists. Jerome Seagers came off the bench to pour in 19 points with three treys of his own, while forward Junior Etou added 14 points and tied with Craig Brown for team-high honors with six rebounds. Center Wally Judge added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the win.
This season, Mack leads Rutgers with 16.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. Kadeem Jacks ranks second on the team with 13.5 points per game and is tied with Judge for team-high honors with 6.8 rebounds per contest. J.J. Moore stands third among the Scarlet Knights with 11.7 points per game.
Head coach Eddie Jordan is in his first year at Rutgers and has a collegiate head coach. He has posted an 8-9 career record
Jordan previously served in the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Rutgers (volunteer, 1984), Old Dominion (1985), Boston College (1986-88) and Rutgers (1988-92).
He also worked in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings (assistant, 1992-97; head coach, 1997-98); New Jersey Nets (assistant, 1998-03); Washington Wizards (head coach, 2003-08); Philadelphia 76ers (head coach, 2009-10) and Los Angeles Lakers (assistant, 2012-13).
Sunday's game will be the first time that Jordan has faced Houston.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars hit the road again to meet No. 17/17 Memphis at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
From there, the Cougars return home to play host to American-rival SMU at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.