Men's Basketball Ready to Face No. 8 SMU

Jan. 18, 2016

HOUSTON COUGARS (13-4 • 3-2 American)
at #8/NR SMU MUSTANGS (17-0 • 6-0 American)
Time 8 p.m. • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Location Moody Coliseum (7,000) • Dallas
Television ESPNU • WatchESPN
   Alex Faust, PxP
   Brooke Weisbrod, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 7:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 47-29
• SMU won last two, three of last four
• 11th straight season teams will play;
SMU won last 75-69
   Feb. 12, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
Houston leads 17-14 in Dallas
• SMU won last two in Dallas
SMU won last 80-59
   Jan. 24, 2015 (Moody Coliseum)
Game Notes Houston Notes
SMU Notes
The American Notes
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DALLAS --The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to return to its winning ways when it takes on eighth-ranked and American Athletic Conference leader SMU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Moody Coliseum.

For the first time this season, the Cougars look to rebound from consecutive losses following Sunday's tough 69-57 setback to NR/RV UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston built an 8-point lead at halftime against the Huskies before UConn took advantage of a second-half run to earn its first win inside Hofheinz Pavilion since 1999.

Tuesday's game features the top-two scoring offenses in the American Athletic Conference. SMU leads the league with 80.2 points per game with the Cougars close behind at 78.7 points per contest. The Cougars' total is the highest since the 2007-08 team averaged 78.9 points per game.

SMU will be the Cougars' third straight opponent, which is ranked or receiving votes in a national poll. The Mustangs also will be Houston's first top-10 opponent since bowing out to No. 5/5 Louisville during the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship in 2014.

Sophomore Rob Gray, Jr., led the Cougars against UConn with 15 points and remains the team's and the American Athletic Conference's leading scorer with 17.5 points per game. Senior forward Devonta Pollard averages 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and is one of only six players to rank among the American Athletic Conference's top-17 leaders in both categories.

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Fans can hear Tuesday'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 7:45 p.m., Tuesday.

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.

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The game can be seen on ESPNU with Alex Faust calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

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SMU enters Tuesday's game with a 17-0 overall mark and 6-0 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Mustangs lead the league, are the nation's lone unbeaten team and are ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Poll.

In its last game, SMU limited Tulane to only 29.2 percent (14-of-48) from the field during a 60-45 win on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.

Against the Green Wave, senior forward Markus Kennedy came off the bench to lead the Mustangs with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added eight rebounds. Senior guard Nic Moore and senior forward Jordan Tolbert added 12 points apiece with Tolbert's nine rebounds leading all players. Junior forward Ben Moore totaled 11 points in the win.

This season, Nic Moore leads SMU with 15.2 points and 5.0 assists per game. Ben Moore ranks second on the team with 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. Jordan Tolbert is third with 12.7 points per game but leads SMU with 9.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Keith Frazier ranks fourth with 11.9 points per game with Shake Milton as the fifth Mustang averaging double digits with 11.0 points per game.

Head Coach Larry Brown is in his fourth year at SMU and his 11th season as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled an 86-34 record during his SMU tenure. Brown also built a 135-44 record at Kansas (1983-88) and a 37-16 tally with UCLA (1979-81).

He is 6-4 during his career against Houston, including a 4-3 mark as SMU's head coach.

Youth Night, Jan. 23, 2016 UP NEXT
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host in two straight games. The brief homestand begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, when the Cougars face USF for the second time this season. Houston opened American Athletic Conference play with a 73-67 win against the Bulls in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 30.

That game against USF also will be Houston Men's Basketball's second Youth Night. Youth basketball team members (grades K-6th) who wear their team jerseys to the USF game on Saturday will be admitted FREE to the game.

Adults accompanying youth team members in jerseys may purchase tickets on the day of the game for only $5.

Following the game, ALL youth team members (grades K-6th) are invited to visit the court where they may take a team photo on Guy V. Lewis Court and receive the Cougars' official 2015-16 team poster.

For more information about Youth Night, fans may email Director of Program Development Lauren Sampson at lsampson@central.uh.edu.

Following the USF game, the Cougars conclude their homestand when they meet Tulsa at 7 p.m., Jan. 27, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

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.

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.



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