Feb. 8, 2014
|TEMPLE OWLS (6-15 1-8 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-12 3-7 American)
presented by Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 54
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas|
|Television||ESPNews / Watch ESPN
Mark Neely, PxP
Reid Gettys, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History||First meeting|
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON - For the first time in school history, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program will face Temple when both teams square off at 1 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in an American Athletic Conference showdown presented by Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 54
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 77-62 loss to No. 14/10 Louisville on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. With an outstanding turnout by University of Houston students and fans, the crowd of 7,247 was the largest to watch the Cougars at home since Jan. 30, 2008, against No. 1/1 Memphis.
Against the Cardinals, junior forward TaShawn Thomas posted 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Cougars. Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers added 14 points with three 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Danuel House totaled 11 points with four rebounds and three assists.
As he has for much of the season, Thomas remains the only player to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-7 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Killeen, Texas, native is averaging 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
House stands second with 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while Stiggers ranks third with 9.6 points per game but leads the Cougars with 43 treys. Sophomore point guard LJ. Rose is averaging 8.4 points per contest and stands second in The American with 4.9 assists per game.
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ON THE AIR
Sunday's game can be seen live on ESPNews with Mark Neely calling the play-by-play action and former Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis or by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Sunday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show will start at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
Temple enters Sunday's game with a 6-15 overall record and 1-8 mark in The American play. The Owls are tied for ninth with UCF in the latest league standings.
Temple has lost its last two games and 10 of its last 11. Only an 88-82 win against Rutgers on Jan. 29 prevents a longer streak
In its most recent outing, Temple fell behind 32-20 at halftime and dropped a 75-52 decision at SMU on Thursday night. Against the Mustangs, guard Dalton Pepper led the Owls with 15 points, while forward Anthony Lee totaled 12 points with a game-high 11 rebounds. Guard Will Cummings posted 10 points with a team-high five assists.
This season, the Owls boast four of the top-12 scoring leaders with Pepper's 17.5 points pacing the team. Cummings adds 17.5 points per game to rank second on the team with a team-high 4.3 assists per game. Quenton Decosey stands third with 15.3 points per game, while Lee averages 14.0 points per game with a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game.
Head coach Fran Dunphy is in his eighth year at Temple and his 25th season overall as a head coach. He has posted a 164-91 record at Temple and assembled a 474-253 overall career mark.
Dunphy previously served as head coach at Penn from 1989 to 2006. Sunday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars will have short break before facing No. 7/7 Cincinnati at 2 p.m. (CST), Saturday, Feb. 15, inside Fifth Third Arena.
From there, the team will hit road again to take on SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The Cougars will be looking to avenge a 75-68 loss to the Mustangs in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 26.