Men's Basketball Faces No. 25/25 SMU on Thursday

Feb. 10, 2015

#25/25 SMU MUSTANGS (19-5 • 10-2 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-13 • 1-9 American)
presented by AT&T
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Time 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPNU WatchESPN
   Jason Benetti, PxP
   Jim Calhoun, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 7:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 47-28
• 10th straight season teams have played
• SMU won last, three of last four
SMU won last 80-59
   Dallas (Jan. 24, 2015)
Houston leads 23-8 in Houston
SMU won last
Houston won two of last three in Hofheinz Pavilion
SMU won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
  75-68 (Jan. 26, 2014)
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HOUSTON - Following a week-long break from its schedule, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 8 p.m., Thursday, when it plays host to No. 25/25 SMU inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by AT&T.

Winners of two of their last three games, including a 70-68 win over defending national champion UConn on Feb. 1, the Cougars will have revenge on their minds when they take on the Mustangs. SMU claimed an 80-59 win on Jan. 24 in Dallas in the most recent meeting.

Thursday's game will be the first ranked opponent the Cougars' have faced in 2014-15. Ironically, SMU was the last ranked opponent the Cougars defeated with a 68-64 win in the American Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinals in Memphis on March 13, 2014.

Thursday's game features two of the top-5 scorers in the American Athletic Conference. SMU point guard Nic Moore stands fifth with 14.5 points per game, while Houston junior guard Jherrod Stiggers stands in fourth with 14.6 points per contest.

This season, Stiggers tops the Cougars and the league with 3.2 3-pointers per game and ranks ninth nationally with that total. The Terrell, Texas, native is only 40 points away from becoming the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.

Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles stands second on the team with 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, making him one of only four players to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-19 leaders in both categories.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard stands third with 10.2 points per game, while junior guard LeRon Barnes is tops with 6.3 rebounds per contest. Junior point guard L.J. Rose leads the way with 5.5 assists per game despite missing seven games earlier this season with a foot injury.

Thursday's game will be the finale of the Cougars' four-game homestand. Houston has posted a 2-1 mark during the stand with wins against defending national champion UConn and crosstown-rival Rice.

Prior to Thursday's game, fans can collect autographs and take photos with members of the Armed Forces Bowl champion Houston Football team and new head coach Tom Herman on the concourse by the Holman Street entrance from 7:15 to 7:50 p.m.

At halftime, Herman will address the fans following an on-court recognition of Houston Football team members.

Herman photos and team autograph cards will be provided. Fans can also bring their own items to be signed but are asked to limit autographs to one item each.

Fans also can take photos with the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl trophy near the Kids Zone located behind Section 109 from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.

The first 500 fans at Thursday's game will receive a UH Flag rally towel with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a UH Football jersey rally towel, courtesy of AT&T.
KPRC logo black on white 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 7:45 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.

ESPNU logo Fans can watch Thursday's game live on ESPNews with Jason Benetti calling the play-by-play action and Jim Calhoun 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.

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.

SMU enters Thursday's game with a 19-5 overall mark. The Mustangs are 10-2 in American Athletic Conference play to stand in second place, a half game behind RV/RV Tulsa.

SMU is ranked No. 25 in the most recent Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches' polls.

In its most recent action, SMU handed league leader Tulsa its first conference loss with a 68-57 victory on Saturday night in Tulsa. SMU connected on 48.1 percent from the field while limiting Tulsa to only 28.3 percent, including 20.6 percent in the second half alone.

Against Tulsa, guard Nic Moore led all players with 23 points, seven assists and three 3-pointers. Cannen Cunningham came off the bench to post 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while center Yanick Moreira added 13 points with a game-high 13 rebounds.

This season, Moore leads the Mustangs with 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. Moreira stands second with 11.8 points per contest but leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game. Markus Kennedy and Keith Frazier are tied for third with 10.5 points per game.

Head coach Larry Brown is in his third year at SMU and in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 61-32 record at SMU and assembled a 238-93 overall career mark in more than 10 years as a collegiate head coach.

Brown previously served as head coach at UCLA (1979-81) and at Kansas (1983-88). He has posted a 5-4 record against Houston during his career and is 3-3 against the Cougars during his SMU tenure.

This will be the second of two regular-season meetings between the teams. SMU claimed an 80-59 win inside Moody Coliseum on Jan. 24.

In addition, this is the 10th straight season teams will meet and the second straight year the teams will compete as American Athletic Conference rivals. The teams met at least once a year from 2005 to 2013 as Conference USA rivals and squared off as Southwest Conference rivals from 1975-76 to 1995-96.

Houston leads all-time series 47-28. However, SMU can boast of the most recent success after an 80-59 win in Dallas on Jan. 24.

SMU has won three of the last four meetings. Only a 68-64 Houston win in the American Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinals on March 13, 2014, in Memphis prevents a longer streak.

The series dates back to March 16, 1956, an 89-74 SMU win at the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round in Lawrence, Kan.

Houston owns a 23-8 record against the Mustangs in Hofheinz Pavilion with wins in two of its last three home games against SMU. However, SMU can boast of the most recent success with a 75-68 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 26, 2014.

The Cougars have not defeated SMU in Hofheinz Pavilion since a 78-67 victory on Jan. 9, 2013.


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