Men's Basketball at Cincinnati on Wednesday

Jan. 20, 2015

HOUSTON COUGARS (7-10 • 0-6 American)
at CINCINNATI BEARCATS (12-3 • 3-2 American)
Time 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Location Fifth Third Arena (13,179) • Cincinnati
Television ESPNewsWatchESPN
   Mike Patrick (PxP)
   Len Elmore (analyst)
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Cincinnati leads 24-1
• Cincinnati won last 12
Cincinnati won last 73-62
   Cincinnati (Feb. 15, 2014)

Cincinnati leads 12-0 in Cincinnati
Cincinnati won last in Cincinnati 73-62
   Cincinnati (Feb. 15, 2014)
Game Notes Houston Notes
Cincinnati Notes
The American Notes
Social Media Facebook   Twitter

CINCINNATI - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program continues its American Athletic Conference schedule when it meets defending champion Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, inside Fifth Third Arena.

The Cougars enter the first of this week's two conference road games on the heels of a tough 68-65 loss to Tulane on Saturday morning inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Against the Green Wave, sophomore forward Danrad Knowles enjoyed posted a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed four rebounds with a pair of steals.

Knowles became only the 55th player in school history to score 30 or more points in a game but the second in 2014-15. Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers recorded a personal-best 33 points against Houston Baptist on Dec. 16 for the Cougars' season high.

Although Stiggers has struggled at times in the last two games, the Terrell, Texas, native continues to rise in Houston's career scoring chart. He ranks 52nd in school history with 901 points and needs only 99 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.

Stiggers ranks third in the American Athletic Conference with 15.5 points per game and leads the league and ranks fifth nationally with 3.4 3-point field goals made per game.

Playing from his regular 3 position, junior guard LeRon Barnes continues to perform on both ends of the floor. The Stonewall, La., native is one of only four players to rank among the league's top-4 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard broke out of a scoring slump with 16 points and tied with Barnes for team-high honors with nine rebounds against Tulane last weekend. The Porterville, Miss., native is one of only four players among the American Athletic Conference's top-20 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

KPRC logo black on white Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday.

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.

ESPNews Logo Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPNews with Mike Patrick calling the play-by-play and Len Elmore 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.

Cincinnati enters Wednesday's game with a 12-5 overall mark. The Bearcats are 3-2 in American Athletic Conference play to stand in fifth place.

In its most recent action, Cincinnati enjoyed an 84-53 win against Temple on Jan. 17. That win snapped a season-long, two-game losing streak. Against Temple, Cincinnati posted 55 second-half points, outscoring the Owls 55-25 in the second half. The Bearcats connected on 53.7 percent from the field and outrebounded Temple 36-22.

Forward Jermaine Sanders led Cincinnati with 16 points and added six rebounds, while guard Kevin Johnson totaled 14 points. Forward Octavius Ellis recorded 13 points with five rebounds, and forward Gary Clark added 11 points with a game-high eight rebounds. Guard Troy Caupain finished with nine points and a game-high seven rebounds.

This season, Caupain leads Cincinnati with 9.8 points and 3.7 assists per game. Ellis stands second with 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Clark averaged 7.9 points per game to ran third on the team but leads the Bearcats with 7.7 rebounds per game.

Head coach Mick Cronin is in his ninth year at Cincinnati, posting a 174-112 record during that time. In more than 11 years as a collegiate head coach, Cronin has assembled a 243-136 record. He previously served as head coach at Murray State (2003-06, 69-24 record) and at Kent State (2001-02, 30-6 record).

Cronin has posted a 2-0 record against Houston during his career with both previous meetings coming during his Cincinnati tenure.

Although he leads the Bearcats in 2014-15, Cronin is not participating in on-court activities (games and practices) for precautionary reasons after being diagnosed with a non-life threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection. That announcement was made Jan. 2

Cronin continues to direct the coaching staff and be involved in game planning and recruiting and will continue in that role for rest of the 2014-15 season.

Ninth-year associate head coach Larry Davis leads the Bearcats in practices and games during Cronin's absence. Davis previously spent nine years as head coach at Furman (1998-2006) compiling a 124-139 record.

Wednesday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. The teams square off again at 8:30 p.m., Feb. 21, inside Hofheinz Pavilion

This marks the second straight season that the teams will meet as American Athletic Conference rivals. The schools competed as Conference USA rivals from 1996 to 2005.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 24-1 and has won each of the last 12 games. The only Houston win in the series is a 90-85 victory on Feb. 2, 1973, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The series dates back to Dec. 21, 1957, a 70-53 Cincinnati win in Houston. Cincinnati owns a 12-0 record against the Cougars in Cincinnati. The closest Houston loss in Cincinnati was a 74-71 setback in overtime on Jan. 5, 1961.

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.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

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.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click 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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