Men's Hoops Starts 4-Game Homestand on Wednesday

Jan. 26, 2015

RICE OWLS (6-12 •3-4 C-USA)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-12 • 0-8 American)
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Time 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3WatchESPN
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 61-18
• 20th straight season teams will play
• 42nd in last 44 years teams will meet
• Houston won last three
Houston won last 54-52
   Dickies Shootout
   Toyota Center, Houston (Dec. 21, 2013)
Houston leads 9-4 in Houston
Houston won two of last three in Houston
Houston won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
   84-62 (March 6, 2013)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program opens a four-game homestand this weekend when it takes on crosstown-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by ICON Information Consultants.

Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars continue their homestand when they meet defending national champion UConn at 2 p.m. Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion with games against current league leader (6 p.m., Feb. 5) and SMU (8 p.m., Feb. 12) to follow.

The Cougars will not leave the city limits again until a two-game road swing through Florida on Feb. 15-17.

Houston enters their final non-conference game of the season on the heels of a tough 80-59 loss at American Athletic Conference rival SMU on Saturday evening in Dallas.

Against the Mustangs, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers broke out of brief slump in an impressive way, scoring 25 points with five 3-pointers. The Terrell, Texas, leads the Cougars and ranks fourth in the league with 15.3 points per game and stands seventh nationally with 3.4 treys per game.

Entering Wednesday's showdown, Stiggers needs only 71 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston career history.

Junior forward Danrad Knowles has led the Cougars in scoring in three of the last four games and stands second among the Cougars with 11.1 points per game. Junior forward Devonta Pollard stands third on the team with 10.8 points per game but ranks second on the team with 6.1 rebounds per contest, just behind team leader LeRon Barnes and his 6.5 rebounds per game.

Pollard and Knowles are ranked among the American Athletic Conference's top-21 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Cougars join Temple as the only league teams to accomplish that feat.

Prior to Wednesday's game, student-athletes from the third-ranked Houston Baseball team will be in the Kids Zone on the Hofheinz Pavilion concourse by the Holman Street entrance and at the entrances passing out posters. Fans are invited to take photos with their favorite Houston Baseball players.

Houston Baseball coaches and student-athletes will be recognized at halftime of Wednesday's game.

The Cougars are ranked among the nation's top-10 in four polls and were recently picked No. 3 in the Baseball America preseason poll. A year ago, Houston finished No. 11 and capped the year with the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and American Athletic Conference Tournament championships.

Head coach Kelvin Sampson has posted a 101-19 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 4-1 against schools from the state of Texas with wins against Texas-Pan American, Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Texas Tech.

KPRC logo black on whiteRADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Wednesday'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 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

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.

2014-15 ESPN3 logoFans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also 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.

Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.

Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.

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.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

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.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Rice logo ABOUT RICE
Rice enters Wednesday's game with a 6-12 overall mark. The Owls are 3-4 in Conference USA play to stand in a tie with UTSA for seventh.

In its most recent action, Rice dropped a 58-45 home decision to Louisiana Tech on Saturday night inside Tudor Fieldhouse.

Against Louisiana Tech, forward Seth Gearhart led the Owls with 16 points, thanks to a 9-of-11 effort from the free throw line. Guard Marcus Jackson added 12 points with three rebounds, while center Andrew Drone grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Max Guercy totaled eight points with a team-high five assists in the loss.

This season, Jackson leads the Owls with 14.7 points per game and 3.6 assists per game. Gearhart stands second with 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest, while Drone paces Rice with 5.6 rebounds per game.

Head coach Mike Rhoades is in his first year at Rice, posting a 6-12 record during that time. Rhoades is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach, compiling a 203-88 record. He previously served as head coach at Randolph-Macon from 1999 to 2009, where he built a 197-76 mark.

Wednesday's game will be the first time he has faced Houston during his career.

Wednesday's game will be the lone meeting of the 2014-15 season. It marks the 20th straight season and the 42nd in the last 44 years that the two teams will meet on the hardwood.

With the exceptions of the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, Houston has played Rice at least once every year since 1971-72 campaign. The teams squared off as Southwest Conference rivals from 1975-76 to 1995-96 and again as Conference USA foes from 2005 to 2013.

Houston owns a 61-18 record in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings. Rice has not won in the series since a 79-69 victory on Jan. 30, 2013, inside Tudor Fieldhouse.

With 79 games entering Wednesday's contest, the Rice series is the second-most played series in Houston history. It trails only the 85 games played against Texas A&M from 1946 to 2013.

The series dates back to Jan. 8, 1972, a 101-73 Houston home win inside Hofheinz Pavilion

Houston owns a 30-6 record against Rice inside Hofheinz Pavilion Rice has won two of the last three games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, but the Cougars can boast of the most recent success with an 84-62 win on March 6, 2013.

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