Men's Basketball Back in Action vs. UAB on Saturday Evening
Jan. 24, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 1, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to get back on the winning track this weekend when it plays host to Conference USA-rival UAB at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter this weekend's game - the finale of a three-game homestand - on the heels of a tough 87-72 loss to league-rival Tulsa on Wednesday night. In that game, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for this team-leading eighth double-double this season and the 17th of his career.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young led the team with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while freshman forward Danuel House - the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week - added 15 points with five rebounds.
This season, Young leads the Cougars and ranks fourth in the league with 16.9 points per game. The Houston native and Yates High product also tops the league and ranks third nationally with a 93.0 free throw percentage, hitting 24 of his last 25 attempts from the charity stripe.
Thomas ranks sixth in the league with 15.7 points per game but stands second with 10.0 rebounds per contest. The Killeen, Texas, native is one of only three players - joining UCF's Keith Clanton and Tulane's Josh Davis - to rank among the top-six league leaders in both categories and makes Houston the only team with two of the top-six scorers.
House, who has been named C-USA Freshman of the Week three times in 2012-13 - stands third among the Cougars and 14th in the league with 13.7 points per game.
Head coach James Dickey and members of his staff will wear tennis shoes for Saturday's game for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend.
With their wardrobe change, Dickey and coaches across the country help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease. Additionally, this weekend helps promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn for free information, day-to-day help, and emotional support.
With that in mind, fans are encouraged to wear sneakers to Saturday's game to show their support for cancer awareness.
Shasta and Sasha will join other mascots from local businesses in a basketball game at halftime. Participating mascots include Sharky and Nero (both of Houston Aquarium), Sporty (Sports Clips), ChaCha, Shark and Louie, the Bubba Gump Shrimp (all of Landry's) with Miller Girls serving as referees. Children of all ages will certainly enjoy this spectacle.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 4:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
UAB owns an 8-11 overall record this season and is 0-4 in Conference USA play. The Blazers are tied with Rice for 11th place in the latest standings.
The Blazers have lost their last five games after a three-game winning streak. UAB also is 1-7 in road games this season.
In its most recent action, UAB dropped a 91-85 decision to East Carolina on Wednesday in Birmingham. Against the Pirates, forward Rod Rucker led UAB with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Swing poured in 16 points, while Quincy Taylor added 14 points, including four 3-pointers - both off the bench. Guard Terence Jones finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
This season, Rucker leads the Blazers with 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Swing stands second at 13.3 points per contest, while Jones ranks third with 10.5 points per game but adds a team-high 4.2 assists per game.
Head Coach Jerod Haase is in his first year as a collegiate head coach, posting an 8-11 record with the Blazers during that time.
Haase, who is a 1997 graduate of Kansas, previously served as assistant coach at Kansas (1999-03) and at North Carolina (1993-97).
Saturday's game will be his first meeting against Houston.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars hit the road again but won't have to leave Houston. The Cougars meet Conference USA- and city-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.
From there, the team leaves the city but not the state to take on league-rival SMU at 2 p.m., Feb. 2, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.