Houston Faces No 8 Cincinnati

Jan. 30, 2018

rv/rv HOUSTON COUGARS (16-4 • 6-2 American)
at #8/8 CINCINNATI BEARCATS (19-2 • 8-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 6 p.m. (CST) • Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Location BB&T Arena (9,400) • Highland Heights, Ky.
Television CBS Sports Network (Channel Finder)
Carter Blackburn, play-by-play
Pete Gillen, analyst
Allie LaForce, sideline
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
• Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST)
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Game Notes Houston Notes
Cincinnati Notes
The American Notes
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Winners of four of their last five games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program faces its second top-10 opponent in a three-game stretch when it meets No. 8 Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday inside BB&T Arena.

Wednesday's game features two of the nation's top-9 field goal percentage defenses. The Cougars check in at No. 9, allowing opponents to shoot 39.1 percent, while the Bearcats are ranked second at 36.2 percent.

Like the Cougars, Cincinnati is playing the 2017-18 away from their regular home facility. While Fifth Third Arena undergoes renovations, the Bearcats are hosting home games inside BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

Houston enters this week's games on the heels of an impressive 63-40 win over American Athletic Conference rival USF on Sunday inside H&PE Arena. The Cougars limited the Bulls to only 31.9 percent from the field and held USF to the fewest points by an opponent since a 71-36 Houston victory at Rice on Jan. 10, 1987.

Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars against USF with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the arc. The Lafayette, La., native has drained at least one trey in each of the last 16 games and ranks second on the team with 12.9 points per game.

Senior guard Rob Gray was limited to two points in Sunday's win over USF, but the Forest City, N.C., native made his impact felt in other ways. Gray dished out a game-high six assists with a teal and no turnovers and continues to lead the American Athletic Conference with 18.7 points per game.

Freshman forward Fabian White Jr. scored 16 points with a game-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. The Atascocita, Texas, native became only the seventh player in Houston history with multiple double-doubles as a freshman and was honored for the second time Monday as The American Rookie of the Week.

Wednesday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings against the Bearcats. The two teams square off again on Feb. 25 inside H&PE Arena in Houston.

Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Allie LaForce reporting from the sideline. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.

Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans also can hear the game online by visiting UHCougars.com/allaccess and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

• Cincinnati brings an 19-2 overall record and 8-0 mark in The American into Wednesday's game.
• Bearcats lead the American Athletic Conference by 1.5 games over Wichita State.
• In its most recent action, Cincinnati jumped out to a 34-21 halftime lead and never trailed in a 62-48 win at Memphis on Saturday.
• Was the Bearcats' 12th straight win... Cincinnati has not lost since a 66-60 setback against Florida on Dec. 9, 2017.
• Against Memphis, senior forward Gary Clark scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, including seven offensive... Junior forward Jacob Evans added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while senior forward Kyle Washington snared a team-high 10 rebounds.
• This season, Evans leads the Bearcats with 13.7 points and 3.3 assists per game... Clark is a close second with 13.3 points per contest but leads the Bearcats with 9.1 rebounds per game... Washington stands third with 10.8 points per game, while sophomore guard Jarron Cumberland stands fourth with 10.8 rebounds per game.
• Mick Cronin is in his 12th season at USF and his 15th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled an 256-137 record at Cincinnati and is 325-161 during his career... Previously built a 69-24 record at Murray State (2003-06).
• 1997 graduate of Cincinnati.
• Following Sunday's game, Houston closes out the month of January when it faces No. 9/8 Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CST), Jan. 31, inside BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky... Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Cougars open the month of February when they take on UCF at 11 a.m. (CST) Feb. 3 inside CFE Arena in Orlando... Game will be shown on ESPNU and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Cougars return to the friendly confines of H&PE Arena to start a three-game homestand when they play host to SMU at 8 p.m., Feb. 8.
Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with single-game tickets starting at only $15. Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
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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.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

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