|UCF KNIGHTS (14-7 • 5-4 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (15-7 • 6-4 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||6 p.m. • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston|
|Promotions||Gameday Promotions Schedule
• Clyde Drexler Jersey Rally Towels – No. 22 Jersey Rally Towels given away while supplies last to first fans in attendance.
• Quick Change at Halftime – Fans will not want to leave seats at halftime as David and Dania from Quick Change perform famous magical act on court.
• Dan Patrick Show stars – Dan Patrick will be on hand as Danettes perform with Houston cheerleaders at the under-16 media timeout in first half.
• Teacher Appreciation Night – HISD teachers have been sent a promo code, which they can use and purchase discounted tickets
• Football Signing Day Special – All Houston Football season-ticket holders will be sent email with promo code to purchase tickets for only $5
Ted Emrich, play-by-play
Malcolm Huckaby, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m.
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• UCF Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – Winners of its last two games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program caps a recent homestand when they take on American Athletic Conference rival UCF at 6 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (15-7 • 6-4 American) enter their lone game this week on the heels of a 79-66 win over defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Against the Owls, junior guard Rob Gray led all players with 28 points and added a career-high-tying seven rebounds with a game-high five assists, while senior guard Damyean Dotson totaled 20 points with 10 rebounds for his team-leading seventh double-double of the season.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.5 points per game and looks to become the Cougars’ first conference scoring champion since Aubrey Coleman led the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game.
Dotson is one of only two players to rank among The American’s top-nine leaders in both scoring (15.5 ppg, 5th) and rebounding (7.4 rpg, 9th) and makes the Cougars the only team with two of the top-five scoring leaders in the league.
With two assists in Saturday’s win over Temple, sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. became only the 18th player in school history with multiple 100+ assists seasons during their careers. The Houston native and Westbury Christian product dished out a team-high 110 assists in 2015-16.
Quick Change at Halftime – Fans will not want to leave their seats at halftime as David and Dania from Quick Change perform their famous magical act on the court.
Dan Patrick Show stars – Dan Patrick will be on hand as the Danettes perform with the Houston cheerleaders at during the under-16 media timeout in the first half.
Teacher Appreciation Night – HISD teachers have been sent a promo code with which they can use and purchase discounted tickets.
Football Signing Day Special – All Houston Football season-ticket holders will be sent an email with a promo code to purchase tickets for only $5.
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 3-POINT CHALLENGE
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 Wednesday’s game, UCF has posted a 14-7 overall record and 5-4 mark in American Athletic Conference play... Knights are tied with UConn for sixth place in the latest league standings.
• UCF has lost its last three games entering Tuesday’s contest, including a 77-66 setback at Tulsa on Jan. 28... Last win was an 86-64 decision against USF on Jan. 17 in Orlando.
• Against Tulsa, sophomore guard B.J. Taylor led all players with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting... Senior guard Matt Williams totaled 12 points, while junior guard A.J. Davis added 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the loss.
• This season, Taylor leads the Knights with 16.9 points and 4.1 assists per game... Williams stands second with 15.7 points per game, while center Tacko Fall averages 12.6 points per game and a team-best 10.1 rebounds per contest... Forward Tank Efianayi ranks fourth with 10.2 points per game.
• Head Coach Johnny Dawkins is in his first season at UCF and his ninth season as a collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 170-122 record during his career and is 14-7 during his UCF tenure.
• Previously built a 156-115 record at Stanford (2008-16).
• Dawkins has posted a 2-0 record against Houston during his career, including a 1-0 mark during his UCF tenure.
• In most recent meeting, Dawkins’ UCF team claimed a 77-70 win over the Cougars inside CFE Arena in Orlando on Jan. 14.
• Dawkins’ 2012-13 Stanford team claimed an 86-76 win over the Cougars during the Progressive Legends Classic Championship Round inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 24, 2013, in his first meeting against the Cougars.
• 1986 graduate of Duke.
Fans can watch Wednesday’s game on ESPNU with Ted Emrich calling the play-by-play action and Malcolm Huckaby 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 Wednesday'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 5:45 p.m., Wednesday. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
• Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars will take a week off from their schedule before hitting 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.
• From there, Cougar take on Tulsa at 7 p.m., Feb. 11, inside Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla... Second meeting between the two teams after Cougars enjoyed a 64-61 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 4.
• Game can be seen on ESPNU 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.