|HOUSTON COUGARS (7-11 0-7 American)
at SMU MUSTANGS (15-4 6-1 American)
|Time||5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015|
|Location||Moody Colisem (7,000) Dallas|
|Television||CBS Sports Network Channel Finder
Bob Wenzel (analyst)
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History||Houston leads 47-27
Houston won last, SMU won two of last three
Houston won last 68-64
American Championship Quarterfinals
Memphis, Tenn. (March 13, 2014)
Houston leads 17-13 in Dallas
SMU won last in Dallas 68-64
Dallas (Feb. 19, 2014)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
DALLAS - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program competes in its second road game of the week when it meets SMU at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum in an American Athletic Conference matchup.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a 67-54 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Against the Bearcats, sophomore forward Danrad Knowles posted 15 points with three 3-pointers and three assists to lead the Cougars in scoring for the third straight game.
Junior point guard L.J. Rose added 11 points with four rebounds and a team-high five assists.
This season, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers leads the Cougars and ranks among American Athletic Conference scoring leaders with 14.8 points per game. The Terrell, Texas, native continues his march to history and needs only 96 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston career history.
With his recent scoring outburst, Knowles jumped into second among the Cougars with 11.2 points per game, while junior forward Devonta Pollard stands a close third at 11.1 points per contest.
After leading the league a year ago, Rose is averaging a team-best 5.2 assists per game in 2014-15. The Houston native would rank second in the league this season but sat out the first seven contests following foot surgery and has not competed in enough games to qualify.
Saturday's game marks the end of a four-game stretch that saw the Cougars play on the road three times. Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m., Jan. 28, to play host to crosstown-rival Rice in its final non-conference game of the season in the start of a four-game homestand.
Following the Rice game, the Cougars play host to defending national champion UConn (2 p.m., Feb. 1), current league leader Tulsa (6 p.m., Feb. 5) and SMU (8 p.m., Feb. 12).
MEETING LONE STAR STATE TEAMS
Head coach Kelvin Sampson has posted a 101-18 career record against teams from the state of Texas during his 25+-year career. That impressive record includes a 4-0 mark against SMU from his Oklahoma tenure.
This season, Sampson is 4-0 against schools from the state of Texas with wins against Texas-Pan American, Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Texas Tech.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Saturday's 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 4:45 p.m., Saturday.
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.
Fans can watch Saturday's game live on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover calling the play-by-play and Bob Wenzel providing analysis. To find CBS Sports Network in their local listings, fans can click here.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
SMU enters Saturday's game with a 15-4 overall mark. The Mustangs are 6-1 in American Athletic Conference play to stand in second place, a half game behind league leader Tulsa.
In its most recent action, SMU claimed a 66-52 win at Tulane on Wednesday night in New Orleans. The Mustangs outrebounded the Green Wave 41-30 and hit 43.1 percent of its shots while holding Tulane to only 33.3 percent.
Against Tulane, guard Nic Moore led SMU with 18 points, seven assists and three 3-pointers, while Markus Kennedy added 14 points. Center Yanick Moreira posted 14 points with eight rebounds, and Cannen Cunningham added seven points with a game-high 10 rebounds in the win.
This season, Moore leads the Mustangs with 14.5 points and 5.1 assists per game. Kennedy stands second with 10.7 points per game while Keith Frazier is a close third at 10.5 points per contest. Moreira paces SMU with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Head coach Larry Brown is in his third year at SMU and in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 55-31 record at SMU and assembled a 234-92 overall career mark in 10 years as a collegiate head coach.
Brown Previously served as head coach at UCLA (1979-81) and at Kansas (1983-88), where he led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA national championship. He has posted a 4-4 record against Houston during his career... Is 2-3 against the Cougars during his SMU tenure.
Brown assembled a 1,098-904 record in the NBA with the Nuggets (1976-79), Nets (1981-83), Spurs (1988-92), Clippers (1991-93), Pacers (1993-97), 76ers (1997-02), Pistons (2003-05), Knicks (2005-06) and Bobcats (2008-11). He also built a 229-107 record in the ABA with Carolina (1972-74) and Denver 1974-76.
Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and remains the only coach to lead team to NCAA and NBA championships.
Saturday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. The teams square off again at 8 p.m., Feb. 12, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston.
This marks the 10th straight season the teams will meet but the second straight season the teams will compete as American Athletic Conference rivals. Houston and SMU met at least once a year from 2005 to 2013 as Conference USA rivals and squared off as Southwest Conference rivals from 1975-76 to 1995-96.
Houston leads the all-time series 47-27 and won the last meeting, a 68-64 decision during the American Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinals inside FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on March 13, 2014.
SMU has won two of the last three meetings.
The series dates back to March 16, 1956, an 89-74 SMU win at the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round on March 16, 1956.
Houston owns a 17-13 record against the Mustangs in Dallas. The Cougars have won two of the last three games inside Moody Coliseum, but the Mustangs can boast of the most recent success after taking a 75-68 win on Jan. 26, 2014.
BUY TICKETS NOW
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.
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.
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