Jan. 24, 2014
|SMU MUSTANGS (15-4 3-2 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-8 3-3 American)
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas|
|Television||ESPNews / Watch ESPN
Mike Patrick, PxP
Len Elmore, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History|| Houston leads 46-25
Houston won last three
Houston won last 84-80 (OT)
Dallas Feb. 2, 2013
Houston leads 23-7 in Houston
Houston won last two, seven of
last eight in Houston
Houston won last 78-67 in Houston
Hofheinz Pavilion Jan. 9, 2013
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to American Athletic Conference-rival SMU at 2 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (11-8 3-3 The American) enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 82-59 loss at No. 23/22 Memphis on Thursday evening in FedExForum. In Houston's second meeting this season against a nationally ranked opponent, junior forward TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Brandon Morris finished with 13 points, posting double-digit points for the third time in the last four games. Sophomore guard LeRon Barnes added a career-high 10 points, thanks to 4-of-4 shooting from the field and a 2-of-2 effort from the free throw line.
Playing in only his second game since coming back from a foot injury, sophomore point guard L.J. Rose dished out a season-high 10 assists with only three assists in 25 minutes. It was the first time a Cougar posted 10+ assists in a game since Adam Brown handed out 10 at Sam Houston State on Dec. 4, 2010.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to rank among the league's top-six leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Sophomore guard Danuel House continues to bounce back from a knee injury and ranks second on the team with 12.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers stands third on the team with 10.4 points per contest and ranks among The American leaders with 2.1 treys per game.
This marks the ninth straight season that the Cougars will face SMU on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 46-25 lead in the all-time series and have won the last three meetings, including both regular-season games during the 2012-13 season.
Houston Men's Basketball Tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game, 3- and 6-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 by clicking here.
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 (email@example.com) for great group discount rates.
Single-game tickets are now on sale for all remaining Houston Men's Basketball home games, including the Feb. 5 showdown against defending national champion Louisville. That game will be a part of Guy V. Lewis Night with Coach Lewis, his family and former players being honored in a special pregame ceremony on his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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.
ON THE AIR
Sunday's game can be seen live on ESPNews/WatchESPN with Mike Patrick calling the play-by-play action and Len Elmore providing analysis or by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Sunday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show will start at 1:45 p.m., Sunday.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
SMU enters Sunday's game with a 15-4 overall record and 4-2 mark in The American play. The Mustangs are tied for third with Memphis in the latest league standings.
In addition, SMU has won is last four games and five of its last six and received two votes in the latest Associated Press poll.
In its most recent outing, SMU took a 70-56 win over Rutgers inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Tuesday. It was the team's third win in a four-day stretch.
Against Rutgers, nine different Mustangs scored with forward Markus Kennedy's 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots leading all players. Ben Moore came off the bench to post 12 points, while guard Nick Moore added a team-high five assists.
This season, Moore leads the team with 12.6 points and 4.6 assists per game. Kennedy ranks second with 11.6 points per game but leads the Ponies with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Larry Brown is in his second year at SMU and his ninth season as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 30-21 record with the Mustangs during that time and is 207-82 overall.
Brown previously served as head coach at UCLA (1979-81) and at Kansas (1983- 88), leading the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA national championship.
He has posted a 3-3 all-time record against the Cougars, including an 0-2 mark against Houston 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 collected 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 teams to NCAA and NBA championships.
Following Thursday's game, the Cougars return home to play host to American-rival SMU at 2 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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.