Jan. 31, 2014
|HOUSTON COUGARS (11-10 3-5 The American)
at RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (8-13 2-6 The American)
|Time||3:30 p.m. (CST) / 4:30 p.m. (EST)|
|Location||Rutgers Athletic Center (8,000) New Brunswick, N.J.|
|Television||ESPNews Watch ESPN
Jason Benetti, PxP
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Series History|| Houston leads 2-0|
Second regular season meeting in 2013-14
Houston won last 77-55 (Jan. 19, 2013)
(Hofheinz Pavilion Houston)
First meeting at Rutgers
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team wraps up its trip to the Northeast when it meets American Athletic Conference rival Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. (CST)/4:30 p.m. (EST) Saturday inside the Rutgers Athletic Center.
The Cougars look to end a three-game losing skid when they meet the Scarlet Knights in New Brunswick for the first time in school history. However, it will be the second time in less than two weeks that the Cougars have met Rutgers after only one previous meeting in 1973.
Houston claimed a 77-55 win inside Hofheinz Pavililon on Jan. 19.
The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a tough 80-43 loss at UConn on Thursday night. Redshirt freshman forward Danrad Knowles led the Cougars with 10 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots as the Huskies evened the regular-season series.
This season, junior forward TaShawn Thomas continues to lead the Cougars with 15.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is the only player to rank among The American's top-six leaders in both scoring and rebounding and has blocked at least one shot in each of the last 31 games dating back to last season.
In addition, he continues to rank among the nation's top-15 leaders in field goal percentage (.599, 13th) and blocked shots per game (3.0, 15th)
Sophomore guard Danuel House ranks second on the team with 5.6 rebounds and 13.0 points per game. The Sugar Land, Texas, native returned to the starting lineup at UConn for the first time since late November after undergoing knee surgery in December.
ON THE AIR
Saturday's game can be seen live on ESPNews with Jason Benetti calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis or by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play or by clicking here. The pregame show will start at 3:15 p.m. (CST), Saturday.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
Rutgers enters Saturday's game with an 8-13 overall record and 2-6 mark in The American play. The Scarlet Knights are tied with USF for seventh in the league, one game behind the Cougars.
Rutgers has lost its last four games and six of its last seven. Only an 85-75 win at UCF on Jan. 15 prevents a longer streak.
In its most recent outing, Rutgers dropped an 88-82 decision at Temple on Wednesday. The Owls connected on 65.6 percent from the field to take a 50-37 lead at halftime and held on for the win.
Against the Owls, forward Kadeem Jack led four players in double digits with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Forward Junior Etou added 14 points with five rebounds, while forward J.J. Moore totaled 13 points with three boards. Myles Mack came off the bench to score 10 points with a pair of assists in the loss.
This season, Mack leads the Scarlet Knights with 15.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. Jack stands second on the team with 13.6 points per game but tops the team with 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. Moore ranks third with 11.5 points per game.
Head coach Eddie Jordan is in his first year at Rutgers and has a collegiate head coach, posting an 8-13 record during that time. He previously served in the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Rutgers (volunteer, 1984), Old Dominion (1985), Boston College (1986-88) and Rutgers (1988-92).
In addition, Jordan worked in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings (assistant, 1992-97; head coach, 1997-98); New Jersey Nets (assistant, 1998-03); Washington Wizards (head coach, 2003-08); Philadelphia 76ers (head coach, 2009-10) and Los Angeles Lakers (assistant, 2012-13).
He is 0-1 in his career against Houston. Saturday's game will be the first time he has faced Houston on his home court.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars return to Houston to play host to No. 12/9 Louisville (8 p.m., Wednesday) and Temple (1 p.m., Feb. 9). Fans should note that the Feb. 5 game vs. Louisville will be part of Guy V. Lewis Night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Coach Lewis, his family and former players will be recognized in a pregame ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Houston Men's Basketball Tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game, 3- and 6-game mini-plans by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
Single-game tickets are now on sale for all remaining Houston Men's Basketball home games, including the Feb. 5 showdown against defending national champion Louisville. That game will be a part of Guy V. Lewis Night with Coach Lewis, his family and former players being honored in a special pregame ceremony for his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.