Jan. 26, 2012
| UTEP MINERS (10-10 3-3 C-USA)|
at HOUSTON COUGARS (10-9 2-4 C-USA)
|Time||7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas||Radio|| Live Streaming
SportsTalk 790 Houston IMG Sports Network
Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
|Series History|| UTEP leads 12-8
UTEP won last three
|Last Meeting|| UTEP won 70-50 Jan. 7, 2012
Haskins Center El Paso, Texas
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Conference USA Notebook
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HOUSTON - Well rested and coming off an exciting win, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to the court this weekend when it faces Conference USA rival UTEP at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars come into this weekend's game after taking a midweek break from their schedule. Saturday's game will be Houston's first action since an 82-76 win against Conference USA-rival East Carolina on Jan. 21.
This weekend's contest will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's basketball team, which meets league-foe Rice at 4 p.m. The women's game can be seen live on Fox Sports Network, and fans should check their local listings for broadcasts in their areas.
Against the Pirates, junior guard Jonathon Simmons and sophomore forward Alandise Harris each poured in 19 points to lead the Cougars to the win. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas added 17 points and 12 rebounds for his team-leading fourth double-double of the season, while redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young added four points with a career-best 11 rebounds, five steals and only one turnover in 28 minutes.
This season, Simmons leads the Cougars and ranks ninth among the Conference USA individual leaders with 14.1 points per game. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas leads the Coogs with 7.6 rebounds per game and ranks among the league's top-10 individual leaders in blocks, rebounds and field goal percentage.
Sophomore forward Alandise Harris averages 13.8 points per game and is hitting 53.9 percent of his shots from the field to rank sixth in the league and 46th nationally.
The Cougars will have revenge on their minds when they take the court against the Miners. UTEP claimed a 70-50 win in El Paso, Texas, on Jan. 7, in the second C-USA game of the season for both squads.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 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 or by clicking here. 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.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.
COACHES vs. CANCER SUITS AND SNEAKERS AWARENESS WEEKEND
As members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, head coach James Dickey and his staff will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during this weekend's contest as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. This is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society and the NABC.
Participating NABC coaches will demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Cougar Basketball fans are encouraged to wear sneakers to the game to show their support. Fans also can show their support by texting COACH to 20222 from a wireless phone to make a $5 donation to Coaches vs. Cancer
By lacing up sneakers with their suits, college and high school basketball coaches nationwide will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk.
UTEP owns a 10-10 overall record and stands in a tie for sixth place with a 3-3 mark in C-USA games. The Miners are 2-7 away from home and 0-6 on the road this season.
Like the Cougars, the Miners have been off since last weekend's loss.
In its most recent action, UTEP dropped a 66-58 decision at Tulane on Saturday, ending a two-game winning streak. Against the Green Wave, guard Jacques Streeter finished with 14 points, while forward Julian Washburn and center John Bohannon each posted 13 points. Bohannon also added a team-high eight rebounds, while guard Michael Perez finished with four assists.
This season, Perez leads four Miners in double digits with 12.1 points per game, while Gabriel McCulley stands second with 11.8 points per game. Washburn averages 10.5 points per game, and Bohannon records 10.1 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Tim Floyd, who is a 1977 graduate of Louisiana Tech, is in his second season at UTEP and his 18th season overall. He has posted a 363-200 career record and a 35- 20 mark at UTEP.
Floyd is 3-0 against the Cougars with all three wins coming during his UTEP tenure.
He previously served as the head coach at Idaho (1986-88), New Orleans (1988-94), Iowa State (1994-98) and USC (2005-09).
SERIES HISTORY vs. UTEP
This is the seventh straight season that these two teams have met on the hardwood. Saturday's game also marks the second meeting during the 2011-12 season. UTEP enjoyed a 70-50 win in El Paso, Texas, on Jan. 7.
UTEP owns a 13-8 lead in the all-time series, which began Dec. 28, 1979. The series has been played at least once every season since the 2005-06 campaign when UTEP joined Conference USA. The Miners join Memphis and UAB as the only current C-USA schools that can boast an all-time winning record against the Cougars.
The Cougars have posted a 5-2 all-time record against the Miners in Hofheinz Pavilion. However, UTEP claimed a 57-52 win on Jan. 22, 2011, in the most recent action in Houston.
The Cougars open the month of February with a six-day road trip at UAB (Feb. 1) and at Tulane (Feb. 4). Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to crosstown rival Rice at 7 p.m., Feb. 8.