Men's Basketball Back in Action this Weekend in Dallas
Feb. 1, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 9, 2013
DALLAS - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 2 p.m., Saturday, when it meets Conference USA-rival SMU inside Moody Coliseum.
The Cougars come into this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 79-69 loss at Rice on Wednesday night. In that game, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas flirted with a triple-double, posting 15 points and team highs of 10 rebounds and five assists without a turnover in 35 minutes against the Owls.
It was the Killeen , Texas, native's team-leading ninth double-double of the season after compiling a team-best nine during the entire 2011-12 campaign.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young posted a team-high 17 points with six rebounds, while junior forward J.J. Richardson enjoyed the best game of his collegiate career with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added four rebounds with a pair of assists. Richardson, a native of Missouri City, Texas, and product of Hightower High, sat out the entire 2011-12 season after transferring from Pittsburgh.
This season, Young continues to lead the team and rank third in Conference USA with 16.8 points per contest. The Houston native and Yates High product continues to rank among the national leaders in free throw percentage at 91.9 percent.
Thomas stands second on the team with 15.8 points but leads the Cougars and ranks second in the league with 10.0 rebounds per game. He is looking to become the first Cougar since Louis Truscott in 2002-03 to average a double-double for an entire season and stands among the league's top-seven players in both scoring and rebounding, making him one of only three players to rank that highly in both categories.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 1:45 p.m., Saturday.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports with Pete Stein calling the play-by-play action and Neal Raphael providing the analysis. Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts and availability in their areas.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
SMU enters Saturday's game with a 12-10 overall record and 2-5 mark in Conference USA play. The Mustangs stand in a tie for ninth place with Houston in the latest league standings.
SMU is 6-3 inside Moody Coliseum this season but has lost three of its last four in front of Mustangs fans.
In its most recent action, SMU enjoyed a 68-57 win at Marshall on Wednesday. Against the Thundering Herd, guard Jalen Jones led all players with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting and tied with center Cannen Cunningham for team-high honors with eight rebounds. Guard Ryan Manuel added 17 points, thanks to a 7-of-8 effort from the free throw line, and guard Nick Russell added 15 points with five assists.
This season, Jones leads the Mustangs with 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Russell stands second with 13.8 points per contest but leads the team with 4.3 assists per game. Manuel ranks third among the Mustangs with 12.0 points per game.
Head Coach Larry Brown is in his first year at SMU, posting a 12-10 record with the Mustangs during that time. Now in his eighth year as a head coach, Brown has assembled an overall record of 189-71. He previously served as head coach at UCLA (1979-81) and at Kansas (1983- 88), where he led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA national championship.
Brown, who is a 1963 graduate of North Carolina, has posted a 3-2 all-time record against the Cougars, including a 0-1 mark from his SMU tenure.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will take a week-long break from competition before facing Tulane at 1 p.m., Feb. 9, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be shown live on CSS.
In addition, the Tulane games features a pair of great promotions. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free bobblehead doll of former Phi Slama Jama great Michael Young. It will be the first of three bobblehead doll giveaways with future games against UTEP (Jim Nantz doll on Feb. 13) and against Rice (Elvin Hayes doll on March 6).
Saturday's game against Tulane also will be Youth Day. All students 12 years and younger will receive FREE admission per paid adult admission.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
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 or click here.