Men's Basketball Set to Face #23/22 Memphis on Thursday
Jan. 22, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Fresh off an impressive win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 7 p.m., Thursday, when it meets No. 23/22 Memphis inside FedExForum.
The Cougars (11-7 3-2 The American) enter Thursday's game on the heels of a 77-55 win over American-rival Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. In only the second meeting between the two teams, the Cougars saw five players score in double digits, led by redshirt freshman forward Danrad Knowles' 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
For his impressive efforts, the Nassau, Bahamas, native was named The American Rookie of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.
Playing in only his second game since arthroscopic knee surgery in early December, sophomore guard Danuel House posted 14 points with six rebounds, while junior forward TaShawn Thomas added 12 points and four rebounds. Senior guard Brandon Morris totaled 12 points, thanks to four 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers added 11 points with a pair of treys of his own.
Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose, who returned from a foot injury at No. 18/14 Louisville on Jan. 16, dished out a game-high eight assists with only one turnover in 21 minutes.
Thomas continues to lead the Cougars with 16.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, making him the only player to rank among The American's top-six leaders in both categories.
House ranks second on the team with 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Stiggers stands third with 10.5 points per contest.
Thursday's game marks the 19th straight season that the Cougars will face the Tigers on the hardwood. The Cougars regularly competed against Memphis as Conference USA members from 1996 to 2013.
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Memphis enters Thursday's game with a 13-2 overall record and 3-2 mark in The American play. The Tigers are tied with Houston and SMU for third in the latest league standings.
Winners of three of its last four games, Memphis is ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and at No. 22 in the latest USA TODAY/Coaches' poll.
In its most recent outing, Memphis took a 101-78 win over LeMoyne-Owen on Saturday inside FedEx Forum. Against LeMoyne-Owen, all 13 Tigers who played scored with Nick King's 18 points leading the way. Geron Johnson and Austin Nichols posted 12 points apiece with Johnson's nine rebounds leading all players. Kuran Iverson totaled 11 points with five rebounds and four assists, while Shaq Goodwin added 10 points with eight rebounds and three blocks.
This season, guard Joe Jackson leads the Tigers with 13.8 points and 3.9 assists per game. Goodwin ranks second on the team with 12.8 points per game but leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per contest. Michael Dixon, Jr., stands third on the team with 11.4 points per game.
Head coach Josh Pastner is in his fifth year at Memphis and has a collegiate head coach, posting an 119-38 career record during that time.
Pastner, who is a 1998 graduate of Arizona, is 4-2 against Houston during his career.
From there, the team will hit the road for a pair of games. The swing begins at 8 p.m. (CST), Jan. 30, when the Cougars meet UConn in Storrs, Conn., for the second time this season and continues at 3:30 p.m. (CST), Feb. 1, vs. Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.
Houston Men's Basketball Tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game, 3-, 6- and 9-game mini-plans by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
With the Cougars playing host to SMU in both Men and Women's Basketball this weekend inside Hofheinz Pavilion, officials announced a special promotion. For only $22, fans can purchase two General Admission tickets to each game.
The Women's team faces SMU at 2 p.m., Saturday, with the Men's team meeting the Ponies at 2 p.m., Sunday.
In addition, Sunday's Men's Basketball game will be part of Youth Basketball Weekend. Local youth teams are invited and encouraged to email Darron Pinkney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for great group discount rates.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email email@example.com. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.