Jan. 19, 2012
| EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (9-8 0-4 C-USA)|
at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-9 1-4 C-USA)
|Time||7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas||Radio|| Live Streaming
SportsTalk 790 Houston IMG Sports Network
Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
|Series History|| Houston leads 8-3
Houston won three of last four
|Last Meeting|| ECU won 74-70 Jan. 28, 2011
Williams Arena Greenville, N.C.
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
East Carolina Notes
Conference USA Notebook
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team closes out the month of January with a pair of home games, beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, when the team plays host to Conference USA-nemesis East Carolina inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston has won six of its last seven home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Following this weekend's game, the Cougars play host to UTEP at 7 p.m., Jan. 28, in the second meeting of the regular season. UTEP claimed a 70-50 win on Jan. 7 in El Paso, Texas.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of tough 70-54 loss at SMU on Wednesday. Against the Mustangs, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young and junior forward Kirk Van Slyke came off the bench to lead the Cougars with 11 points apiece.
Young also tied with sophomore forward Alandise Harris for team-high honors with a career-high six rebounds and drained three 3-pointers with two assists. Van Slyke finished with 11 points and four rebounds in only 16 minutes of action.
This season, junior guard Jonathon Simmons continues to lead the Cougars with 14.1 points per game, while Harris stands second on the team with 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and is averaging 10.0 points per game, while Young ranks third on the team with 10.6 points per contest.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking here. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.
In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.
With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.
Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.
ABOUT EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina brings a 9-8 overall record, 0-4 mark in Conference USA play, into this weekend's game. The Pirates are tied with Tulane for 11th place in the latest league standings.
In its most recent action, East Carolina dropped a 70-56 decision at UTEP on Wednesday night. It was the Pirates' fourth consecutive loss, all in Conference USA play.
Against the Miners, guard Miguel Paul and forward Maurice Kemp each posted 14 points to lead the Pirates. Forward Darrius Morrow added 12 points with a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
This season, Paul leads the Pirates with 15.9 points and 5.5 assists per game, while Morrow ranks second with 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Kemp stands third on the team with 11.0 points but leads ECU with 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Jeff Lebo is in his second season at East Carolina and his 14th year overall. He has posted a 27-23 record with the Pirates and a career record of 238-179. Lebo previously served as head coach at Tennessee Tech (1998-02), Chattanooga (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-10).
Lebo, a 1989 graduate of North Carolina, has a 1-0 record against the Cougars with that lone win coming during his ECU tenure.
SERIES HISTORY vs. EAST CAROLINA
Houston has posted an 8-3 record in the all-time series, which began Feb. 23, 2002.
This marks the ninth straight season and the 10th time in the last 11 years that the two teams have met in basketball. East Carolina joined Conference USA for the 2001-02 season, but the two teams did not meet during the 2002-03 campaign.
East Carolina claimed a 74-70 win in Greenville, N.C., on Jan. 29, 2011, in the lone meeting during the 2010-11 regular season. However, Houston has won three of the last four games.
The Cougars have posted a 3-0 all-time record against the Pirates in Hofheinz Pavilion, where Houston has won handily against ECU in recent contests. Houston enjoyed an 18-point win in 2008-09 and a 24-point victory in 2006-07.
The Cougars take a week off from their schedule before wrapping up their brief homestand on Jan. 28 vs. UTEP. Houston then opens the month of February with a six-day road trip at UAB (Feb. 1) and at Tulane (Feb. 4).
Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to crosstown rival Rice at 7 p.m., Feb. 8.