Men's Basketball Returns to Action at 3 p.m., Saturday

Jan. 21, 2016

USF BULLS (3-16 • 0-6 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (13-5 • 3-3 American)
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Promotions Gameday Promotions
Time 3 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television CBS Sports Network • Channel Finder
   Rich Waltz, PxP
   Bob Wenzel, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 2:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 13-11
• Houston won four of last five
   and eight of last 10
• Third straight season teams will play
Houston won last 73-67
   Dec. 30, 2015 (Tampa, Fla.)
Houston leads 7-4 in Houston
• Houston won last six in Hofheinz Pavilion
Houston won last 72-55
   March 1, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
Game Notes Houston Notes
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HOUSTON --The University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 3 p.m., Saturday, when it plays host to USF inside Hofheinz Pavilion in American Athletic Conference action.

Saturday's game wraps up the regular-season series against the Bulls. The Cougars claimed a 73-67 win on Dec. 30, 2015, in Tampa, Fla., in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams. It was the first of three consecutive wins for the Cougars to begin league play.

Houston will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak after facing three straight opponents who were nationally ranked or receiving votes in a national poll. In their most recent action, the Cougars led No. 8 and undefeated SMU for more than 26 minutes in Dallas on Tuesday night but came up just short in a 77-73 loss to the Mustangs.

This season, junior guard Rob Gray, Jr., leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.6 points per game. The Forest City N.C., native is looking to become the Cougars' first conference scoring champion since guard Aubrey Coleman led the nation with 25.6 points per game in 2009-10.

Devonta Pollard stands second on the team with 12.7 points per game and is one of only six players to rank among the American Athletic Conference's top-18 scoring leaders in both scoring and rebounding. Junior guard Damyean Dotson averages 11.8 points per game but leads the Cougars and ranks 10th in the league with 7.4 rebounds per game.

Senior guard LeRon Barnes ranks second in the league with a 42.5 3-point field goal percentage. The 2015 UH graduate and Houston's lone 3-year letterman surged in the statistical rankings after hitting 8-of-12 from behind the arc in his last three games.

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As part of Houston Men's Basketball's Salute to Service, all veterans who present a military ID at the ticket windows can purchase tickets for only $5.

At halftime, the Student Veterans of America at the University of Houston chapter will be recognized. UH's chapter recently was recognized by the Student Veterans of America national organization as its Chapter of the Year based on quality of programs and events and chapter growth.

The Student Veterans of America at the University of Houston (SVA-HS) is a student-run organization dedicated to assisting student veterans and their families in making a successful transition from the military to the academic world. Founded by veterans, SVA-UH provides career transition, social programs, peer mentoring, PTSD support, family events and community service projects.

SVA-UH continues to strive to ensure that student veterans have a voice within the campus community. The chapter represents more than 1,600 student veterans, active-duty military students, Reserve and National Guard students, their spouses and dependents.

For more information about SVA-UH, fans can visit svauh.org, stop by the office at 4100 University Dr. (UC North), Rm N202, email svaofuh@gmail.com or call 832-842-5490.

Youth Night, Jan. 23, 2016 Saturday's game 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.

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.

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Fans can hear Saturday'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 12:45 p.m., Saturday.

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. CBS Sports Network logo

The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz calling the play-by-play action and Bob Wenzel providing analysis. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings 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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USF enters Saturday's game with a 3-17 overall mark and 0-7 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Bulls stand in 11th in the latest league standings.

USF has lost its last nine games with its last victory coming in an 88-75 decision over Jacksonville in Tampa., Fla., on Dec. 16, 2015.

In its last game, USF dropped a 64-54 decision to state- and American Athletic Conference-rival UCF on Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla. Against the Knights, junior forward Chris Perry led the Bulls with 18 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Jahmal McMurray added 15 points with four rebounds and a game-high four assists, while senior forward Angel Nunez came off the bench to post 10 points with seven rebounds.

This season, McMurray leads the Bulls with 13.8 points and 2.4 assists per game. Senior center Jaleel Cousins tops the team with 8.3 rebounds per game.

Head Coach Orlando Antigua is in his second year at USF and overall as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 12-40 record during his USF tenure, including a 1-2 mark against Houston.

Following Saturday's game, the Cougars conclude their brief homestand when they meet Tulsa at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

From there, the team closes out the month of January with an 11 a.m. (CST) Jan. 30 showdown at East Carolina inside Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.

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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