Men's Basketball Plays Host to UTEP on Wednesday Night
Feb. 11, 2013
The Last Meeting
March 7, 2012
HOUSTON - For the final time in the month of February, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team will compete in front of the hometown fans when it plays host to Conference USA-rival UTEP at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars will play their next three games on the road. That stretch begins Saturday at Tulsa and continues at Memphis (Feb. 20) and at UTEP (Feb. 27).
Houston doesn't return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion until meeting Marshall at 1 p.m., March 2.
The Cougars enter this week's game on the heels of a tough 88-85 loss to league-foe Tulane on Saturday. In that game, sophomore guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 26 points and four 4-pointers, while sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas added 20 points and a team-high-tying eight rebounds.
Freshman forward Danuel House flirted with a triple-double, adding 10 points and a team-high-tying eight rebounds with six assists, three blocks and three steals.
This season, Young continues to lead the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 17.2 points per game. The Houston native and Yates High product also ranks seventh nationally, hitting 90 percent of his free throws, and stands among the league leaders in 3-point field goals per game and 3-point field goal percentage.
Thomas stands sixth in the league in scoring with 15.9 points per contest and ranks second in the league with 9.6 rebounds per contest. The Killeen, Texas, native is looking to become the first Cougar since 2002-03 to average a double-double for a season and ranks among the top-30 national leaders in rebounds and double-doubles.
House stands third on the team with 12.7 points per contest, while redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers needs only nine more 3-pointers to set a Houston freshman single-season record.
JIM NANTZ BOBBLHEAD DOLLS
Wednesday's game will be the second of three bobblehead doll giveaways. The first 1,000 fans in attendance at Wednesday's game will receive a bobblehead of Houston Golf alum and CBS Sports broadcasting great Jim Nantz.
The final bobblehead giveaway game comes on March 6 against Rice when fans can receive an Elvin Hayes doll.
ALL-TIME GREATS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Wednesday's game also features an autograph session with some of the biggest names in Houston Basketball history. Otis Birdsong (1973-77), Greg "Cadillac" Anderson (1983-87), Dwight Davis (1969-72) and Ollie Taylor (1968-70) will sign autographs at tables located behind Suite 5 on the concourse.
They will sign from 6:30 p.m., until 15 minutes remain in the first half on the game clock.
The group features four of the top-25 scorers in Houston history and former players on teams that compiled a 269-117 record and made numerous postseason appearances, including three NCAA Final Fours.
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ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH 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 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and B>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.
UTEP enters Wednesday's game with a 13-9 overall record and a 6-3 mark in Conference USA play. The Miners stand in fourth place in the latest C-USA standings. UTEP has won two of its last three games and is 2-4 on the road this season.
In its most recent action, UTEP dropped a 74-70 decision to Tulsa on Saturday night in El Paso, Texas. Against the Golden Hurricane, Tulsa jumped out to a 35-27 lead at halftime, holding UTEP to only 25 percent shooting in the first half.
Guard Konner Tucker led the Miners with 17 points and tied for the team lead with three treys, while McKenzie Moore came off the bench to pour in 14 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Guard Jacques Streeter added 11 points with three treys of his own, while forward Julian Washburn posted 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Forward Cedrick Lang snared a game-high 15 rebounds in the loss.
This season, Washburn leads the Miners with 12.0 points per game, while Tucker stands second with 11.9 points per contest. John Bohannon stands ranks third with 10.8 points per game and paces UTEP with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Head coach Tim Floyd is in his third year at UTEP. He has posted a 53-37 record with the Miners during that time. Now in his 19th year as a head coach, Floyd has posted an overall record of 381-218.
Floyd, who is a 1977 graduate of Louisiana Tech, previously served as head coach at USC (2005-09), Iowa State (1994-98), New Orleans (1986-94) and Idaho (1986-88). He also worked in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets (2003-04) and the Chicago Bulls (1998-01).
Floyd is 4-1 against Houston during his career, with all previous meetings coming during his UTEP tenure.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars begins a three-game road stretch when they meet Tulsa at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, inside the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.
That game will be shown live on FOX Sports Net with Ron Thulin calling the play-by-play action, Mike Gminski with analysis and Jenn Hildreth reporting from the sidelines.
From there, the team meets Memphis at 8 p.m., Feb. 20 in a game televised by CSS and meets UTEP for the second time this season at 8 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (MST), Feb. 27, in El Paso, Texas.