Men's Basketball Faces League Leader Tulsa

Feb. 3, 2015

TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE (16-5 • 9-3 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-12 • 1-8 American)
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Time 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPNewsWatchESPN
   Mark Brown, PxP
   Craig Robinson, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 5:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Tulsa leads 24-21
• Teams have played nine of last 10 years
• Tulsa won last four
Tulsa won last 72-54
   Tulsa, Okla. (Jan. 4, 2015)
Houston leads 13-8 in Houston
Houston won two of last three in Hofheinz Pavilion
Tulsa won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
   87-72(Jan. 23, 2013)
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HOUSTON - Winners of its last two games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program rides a wave of momentum into a 6 p.m., showdown Thursday against American Athletic Conference league Tulsa inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Koch Industries.

Fans should note the earlier-than-usual starting time to accommodate the ESPNews broadcast.

The Cougars enter their lone game this week on the heels of wins against crosstown-rival Rice and defending national champion UConn last week inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It marked the second straight season that the Cougars knocked off the Huskies in Houston.

Against UConn, junior point guard L.J. Rose scored 12 points with four rebounds and five assists without a turnover. The Houston native led a Cougar offense that posted a school record-low one turnover in 40 minutes.

However, that level of play has been nothing new for Rose recently. In his last three games, the Westbury Christian product has dished out a team high 22 assists with only three giveaways.

Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers led Houston with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, and now needs only 64 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Junior guard LeRon Barnes paced the team with 11 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Eric Weary, Jr., came off the bench to snare a team-high nine rebounds.

Thursday's game features three of the league's top-5 scorers. Stiggers tops the Cougars and ranks fifth with 15.0 points per contest, while Tulsa guards Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard are ranked fourth and fifth with 15.1 and 15.0 points per game, respectively.

Junior forward Danrad Knowles is one of only three players to be ranked among the league's top-19 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Nassau, Bahamas, native is scoring 10.9 points per game to rank 19th and stands 14th with 5.8 rebounds per game.

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Fans can hear Thursday'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 5:45 p.m., Thursday.

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.

ESPNews Logo Fans can watch Thursday's game live on ESPNews with Mark Brown calling the play-by-play action and Craig Robinson providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

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

Following Thursday's game, the Cougars will take a week-long break from their schedule before wrapping up their homestand inside Hofheinz Pavilion against SMU on 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.

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.

Tulsa enters Thursday's game with a 16-5 overall mark. The Golden Hurricane are 9-0 in American Athletic Conference play to stand first place, a half game ahead of No. 23 SMU.

In addition, Tulsa is receiving eight votes in each of the most recent Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls.

In its most recent action, Tulsa claimed a 78-71 win in overtime against USF in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday. It was the Golden Hurricane's 11th consecutive win. Tulsa has not lost since an 87-68 setback against Oklahoma in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 13, 2014.

Against USF, guard Rashad Smith led five Golden Hurricane players in double digits with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and two steals Guard James Woodard totaled 16 points with four 3-pointers, while Rashad Ray finished with 13 points and a game-high seven assists. Guard Shaquille Harrison posted 12 points with nine rebounds, and Brandon Swannegan added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in the win.

This season, Harrison leads Tulsa with 15.2 points and 3.4 assists per game. Woodard stands second with 15.1 points per contest, while Smith paces the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.

Head coach Frank Haith is in his first year at Tulsa, posting a 16-5 record during that time. He is in his 11th year as a collegiate head coach, assembling a 216-134 career mark during that time. Haith previously served as head coach at Miami (Fla.) (71-28 record, 2004-11) and Missouri (71-28 record, 2011-14).

Haith is 1-0 against Houston during his career with the first meeting coming earlier this season

Thursday's game is the second of two regular-season meetings between the teams. Tulsa claimed a 72-54 win in Tulsa, Okla., on Jan. 4.

This marks the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that the teams will compete in Men's Basketball. The series was played at least once every year from 2004-05 to 2012-13 when the teams competed as Conference USA rivals. This marks the first season that the teams have met as American Athletic Conference rivals. Tulsa owns a 24-21 lead in the all-times series. The Golden Hurricane has won the last four games and five of the last six. Houston has not defeated Tulsa since a 70-69 overtime win on Jan. 4, 2012, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The series dates back to Feb. 10, 1951, a 50-45 Tulsa win in Houston.

The Cougars own a 13-8 record against Tulsa in Houston with the Cougars winning two of the last three meetings inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

However, Tulsa can boast of the most recent success following an 87-72 win on Jan. 23, 2013, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston's last home win against Tulsa was a 70-69 overtime victory on Jan. 4, 2012.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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