|TEMPLE OWLS (11-10 • 2-6 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (14-7 • 5-4 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||9 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston|
|Promotions||Gameday Promotions Schedule
• 1980s Final Four Cups – Given away while supplies last
• Youth Jersey Night – All children wearing team youth basketball jerseys admitted FREE... Parents can purchase $5 tickets
• $19.80 Tickets – Purchase 2 tickets with 2 hot dogs and 2 drinks for only $19.80... Available only at uhcougars.com/tickets with promo code: UH1980s until 11 pm FRIDAY
• Family Four Pack – Receive 4 tickets with 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks and 4 popcorns for $60... Available only at uhcougars.com/tickets with promo code: familypack until 11 pm FRIDAY
• 1980s Night – UH student groups dressed in best 1980s attire receives $200 for organization
Allen Bestwick, play-by-play
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Temple Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program continues its homestand when it meets defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple at 9 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars enter this weekend’s contest after an impressive 65-51 win over league-rival Tulane on Tuesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In a close game early, Houston used a 17-1 run midway through the first half to seize control and never led by fewer than nine points the rest of the way.
Senior guard and Jack Yates High School product Damyean Dotson led the Cougars with 20 points and nine rebounds during Tuesday’s win for his second straight 20-point performance. The Houston native is one of only two players to rank among the American Athletic Conference’s top-nine leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Dotson also has sank at least one 3-pointer in all 21 games this season, tying with Sam Mack for the eighth longest streak in Houston history.
Junior guard Rob Gray continues to lead the Cougars and the league with 20.2 points per game. The Forest City, N.C., native has scored in double digits in all 21 games to date this season.
The Cougars have not had a conference scoring champion since guard Aubrey Coleman led Houston, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game in 2009-10.
Saturday’s game will be the only time the Cougars will take on the Owls during the 2016-17 regular season. Under the current conference scheduling, each team plays eight teams home and away but faces one opponent only once at home and another opponent only once on the road.
Following Saturday’s game, Houston fans will have only four more games to enjoy watching the Cougars inside Hofheinz Pavilion. With the completion of the regular season, Hofheinz Pavilion will begin a $60 million renovation that will transform the facility into the new Fertitta Center, scheduled to open during the 2018-19 season.
The Cougars close out their homestand when they play host to UCF at 6 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
1980s Final Four Cups – Fans are encouraged to arrive early as NCAA Final Four cups celebrating Houston teams from the 1980s will be given away while supplies last. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Saturday.
Youth Jersey Night – All children wearing their team’s youth basketball jerseys receive FREE admission to Saturday’s game. Parents can purchase tickets for only $5 at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows at the game.
$19.80 Tickets – As the Cougars celebrate the 1980s on Saturday, fans can take advantage of special ticket pricing. For only $19.80, fans can purchase two tickets with two drinks and two hot dogs. To take advantage of this offer, fans must visit uhcougars.com/tickets and use PROMO CODE: UH1980s … Deadline is 11 p.m., Friday.
Family Four Pack – Families can purchase the Family Four Pack for only $60 for Saturday’s game and receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks and 4 popcorns. To take advantage of this offer, fans must visit uhcougars.com/tickets and use PROMO CODE: familypack... Deadline is 11 p.m., Friday.
1980s Night – The University of Houston student group that comes dressed in their best 1980s attire will win $200 for their organization.
Single-game tickets and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men’s Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase student guest tickets to each Men’s Basketball game for $5 each, based on availability.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
COACHES vs. CANCER SUITS and SNEAKERS AWARENESS WEEK
For this week’s games, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and his coaching and support staffs will wear sneakers on the sidelines as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk.
Since 1993, coaches and their supporters have raised more than $100 million for the American Cancer Society. For more information, fans can visit CoachesvsCancer.org
The Cougars will wear gold shoelaces in recognition of Princess Lacey’s Legacy. Fans can purchase specially designed laces online by clicking here or in stores from Shoe Carnival in memory of Lacey. Funds raised will go to the Coaches vs. Cancer program and Princess Lacey’s Legacy to continue the fight against pediatric cancer.
The Cougars also will take part in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Houston fans are invited to visit pledgeit.org/cvc-houston and pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer the Cougars make from Feb. 1 to March 5.
The funds raised will help the American Cancer Society continue its mission to improving and saving lives by doing the most to help people with cancer today and working tirelessly to find cures for the disease tomorrow.
• Entering Saturday’s game, Temple has posted an 11-10 overall record and 2-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play... Owls are for tied with East Carolina for eighth in the latest league standings.
• Temple has lost six of its last eight games... However, the Owls enjoyed a 77-66 home win against Memphis on Wednesday night in their most recent action, ending a three-game losing streak.
• Against Memphis, sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. posted 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting with four 3-pointers... Senior guard Daniel Dingle totaled 16 points with seven rebounds, while senior forward Mark Williams came off the bench to post 15 rebounds... Freshman guard Quinton Rose grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in the win.
• This season, Alston leads the Owls with 14.2 points and 4.1 assists per game... Junior forward Obi Enechionyia ranks second with 13.8 points per game but leads Temple with 6.2 rebounds per contest... Dingle stands third with 12.2 points per game.
• Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 11th season at Temple and his 28th as a collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 535-293 collegiate record and is 225-130 at Temple during his career.
• Previously served as head coach at Temple (310-163 record, 1989-06)
• Dunphy has posted a 2-3 record against Houston during his career with all five previous meetings coming during his Temple tenure.
• 1970 graduate of La Salle.
Fans can watch Saturday’s game on ESPNU with Allen Bestwick calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can listen to Saturday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. Pregame show begins at 8:45 p.m., Saturday. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
• Following Saturday’s game, the Cougars wrap up their homestand when they take on UCF at 6 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion... Will be second meeting against the Knights after UCF claimed a 77-70 win in Orlando on Jan. 14... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Cougars hit the road to take on Tulane at 7 p.m., Feb. 8, at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans... Second meeting between the two teams after the Cougars claimed a 65-51 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 24... Game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team’s Facebook and Instagram pages.