Men's Hoops Takes on Defending National Champion UConn

Jan. 30, 2015

UCONN HUSKIES (11-8 • 4-3 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (8-12 • 0-8 American)
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Time 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television CBS Sports NetworkChannel Finder
   Carter Blackburn, PxP
   Pete Gillen, analyst
   Cassie Gallo, sideline
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 1:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History UConn leads 3-1
• Second straight season teams will play
• UConn won last
UConn won last 80-43
   Storrs, Conn. (Jan. 30, 2014)
Series tied 1-1 in Hofheinz Pavilion
Houston won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
Houston won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
   75-71 (Dec. 31, 2013)
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HOUSTON - Fresh off a win against a city rival, the University of Houston Men's Basketball programs continues its four-game homestand when it meets defending national champion UConn at 2 p.m., Sunday in a game presented by Memorial Hermann.

The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a 59-48 win against Rice on Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Senior forward Mikhail McLean led the charge with a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench, while junior guard LeRon Barnes added 13 points and six rebounds.

A year ago, the Cougars stunned the Huskies with a 75-71 win on New Year's Eve inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both programs.

Sunday's game features two of the premier scorers in the American Athletic Conference. UConn All-America guard Ryan Boatright leads the league with 16.8 points per game, while Houston junior guard Jherrod Stiggers stands fourth with 14.9 points per game.

This season, Stiggers tops the American Athletic Conference and ranks seventh nationally with 3.3 3-pointers made per game. The Terrell, Texas, native needs only 64 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston career history.

Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles has surged among the Cougars' statistical leaders during the last month. The Nassau, Bahamas, native is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-18 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Knowles stands 18th in the league with 11.1 points per game and ranks 10th in the league with 6.2 rebounds per contest.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard is averaging 10.5 points per game to rank third among the Cougars, while junior point guard L.J. Rose leads the Cougars with 5.5 assists per game despite missing the first seven games of the season following foot surgery.

Guy V Lewis bobblehead graphic 2014-15 GUY V LEWIS BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY
Fans will want to arrive early for Sunday's game with the first 700 fans in attendance receiving a free Coach Guy V. Lewis bobblehead.

From 1956 to 1986, Lewis guided the Cougars to nearly 600 wins, led his teams to five NCAA Final Fours, including a pair of appearances in the National Championship Game, competed in 14 NCAA Tournaments and won six Southwest Conference titles.

Best known as the Father of Phi Slama Jama - one of college basketball's greatest and most exciting teams - Lewis mentored 15 All-Americans, including National Players of the Year Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon as well as Clyde Drexler - and 11 NBA Draft First-Round selections.

Lewis was an influential leader for college basketball away from the court as well. As the architect of the Game of the Century against No. 1 UCLA inside the Houston Astrodome, he laid the foundation for the worldwide popularity that college basketball fans love and enjoy during March Madness.

He also played a key figure in the integration of college basketball in the South, successfully recruiting and welcoming Hayes and Don Chaney, the first African-American student-athletes in the history of Houston Men's Basketball and some of the earliest African-American players in the region.

In September 2013, Lewis became the fourth Cougar to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Hayes, Olajuwon and Drexler.

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Fans can hear Sunday'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 1:45 p.m., Sunday.

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.

CBS Sports Network logo Fans can watch Sunday's game live on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Cassie Gallo reporting from the sidelines. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.

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

Following Sunday's game, the Cougars continue their homestand with home showdowns inside Hofheinz Pavilion against current undefeated league leader Tulsa (Feb. 5) and SMU (Feb. 12).

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets, mini-plans and single-game 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.

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UConn enters Sunday's game with an 11-8 overall mark with a 4-3 record in American Athletic Conference play to stand in sixth place.

In its most recent action, UConn dropped a 70-58 decision at Cincinnati on Thursday night, ending a two-game winning streak.

Against Cincinnati, guard Ryan Boatright led all players with 22 points and five 3-pointers. Center Amida Brimah added 13 points with six rebounds and four blocked shots, while guard Daniel Hamilton finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.

This season, Boatright leads the Huskies and the American Athletic Conference with 16.8 points per game and is averaging a team-best 4.5 assists per contest. Brimah ranks second on the team with 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Hamilton stand third among the Cougars with 10.2 points per game, while Kentan Facey is tops with 6.4 rebounds per contest.

Head coach Kevin Ollie is in his third year at UConn and as a collegiate head coach, assembling a 63-26 record in that time. After playing professionally for 15 years in the CBA and NBA, he served as an assistant coach with the Huskies from 2010 to 2012 before becoming head coach.

Ollie has posted a 1-1 record against Houston during his career.

Sunday's game will be the lone meeting of the 2014-15 regular season but marks the second straight season that the teams have met as American Athletic Conference rivals. UConn owns a 3-1 lead in the all-time series.

The teams split the regular-season series in 2013-14 with each winning on its home court. Houston enjoyed a 75-71 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 31, 2013, in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both programs. UConn followed with an 80-43 win on Jan. 30, 2014, inside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., in the most recent game in the series.

The series dates back to Dec. 30, 1999, an 82-76 UConn win inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Houston owns a 1-1 record against UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Huskies claimed an 82-76 win on Dec. 30, 1999, in the first meeting between the schools, but the Cougars enjoyed a 75-71 win over UConn on Dec. 31, 2013 in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both programs.

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