|HOUSTON COUGARS (13-6 • 4-3 American)
at rv/rv SMU MUSTANGS (16-4 • 6-1 American)
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|Time||5 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017|
|Location||Moody Coliseum (8,998) • Dallas|
Dave LaMont, play-by-play
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• SMU Notes
• The American Notes
DALLAS – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program heads north on Interstate 45 to take on American Athletic Conference rival SMU at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum.
This weekend’s game will be the second contest in a stretch that has the Cougars playing three games over six days.
The Cougars (13-6 • 4-3 American) look to end a two-game skid after dropping a heart-breaking 70-67 decision in overtime to Memphis on Thursday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston rallied to tie the game with just three seconds left in regulation on a layup from senior forward Danrad Knowles.
Unfortunately, the Cougars were limited to only three points in the extra period in their first overtime game of the season.
Knowles posted 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Junior guard Rob Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.8 points per game and maintained his league-best average after tallying 21 against the Tigers.
Senior guard and Yates High School product Damyean Dotson finished with 14 points and six rebounds against the Tigers. Dotson is one of only two players to rank among the American Athletic Conference’s top-eight leaders in both scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg).
Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. leads the Cougars and ranks second in the league with 4.8 assists per game. The Houston native needs only nine more assists to become the 18th player in school history with multiple 100+-assist seasons during his career.
Fans can watch Saturday’s game on ESPNU with Dave LaMont calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here
Fans can listen to Saturday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. Pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m., Saturday. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
• Entering Saturday’s game, SMU has posted a 16-4 overall record and is 6-1 in American Athletic Conference play... Mustangs are in second place in the latest league standings, a half game behind league leader SMU.
• SMU has won its last two games and 12 of its last 13 games... Only a 66-64 loss at Cincinnati on Jan. 12 prevents a longer streak.
• In most recent action, SMU claimed a 69-49 win over UConn on Thursday night inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
• Against UConn, SMU jumped out to a 36-15 lead at halftime and never looked back... Sophomore guard Shake Milton led the way with 23 points, five rebounds and six assists, while junior forward Semi Ojeleye totaled 17 points with six rebounds... Senior forward Ben Moore added 14 points with a game-high 13 rebounds.
• This season, Ojeleye tops SMU with 17.7 points per game... Milton stands second with 12.5 points per game but leads the Mustangs with 4.3 assists per contest... Moore averaged 11.9 points and a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game, while senior guard Sterling Brown ranks fourth with 11.4 points per game.
• Head Tim Jankovich is in his first full season at SMU and his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 182-126 record during his career and is 24-5 during his SMU tenure.
• Previously built a 53-57 record at North Texas (1993-97) and a 104-64 record at Illinois State (2007-12)... Led SMU to a 9-0 start to open the 2015-16 season after former Head Coach Larry Brown was suspended.
• Saturday’s game will be the first time that Jankovich has faced Houston during his career.
• 1982 graduate of Kansas State.
• Following Saturday’s game, the Cougars returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for three straight home games... Homestand begins at 8 p.m., Tuesday, against Tulane... Game will be shown on ESPNU and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Homestand continues with games against Temple (9 p.m., Jan. 28) and against UCF (6 p.m., Feb. 1).
• For the Tulane and Temple home games, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff will join with coaches across the country in wearing sneakers on the sidelines to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society and the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk.
• In addition to their sneakers, Sampson and his staff will wear specially designed laces from Shoe Carnival, available online or in stores, in memory of Lacey. Funds raised will support the American Cancer Society and Princess Lacey’s Legacy to continue to support those affected by pediatric cancer.
Single-game tickets and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men’s Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase student guest tickets to each Men’s Basketball game for $5 each, based on availability.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team’s Facebook and Instagram pages.