|UCF KNIGHTS (11-11 • 5-6 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (17-7 • 7-5 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Tickets||BUY Tickets • Tickets Info|
|Time||2 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston|
|Television||ESPNews • WatchESPN
Brett Dolan, PxP
Kevin Lehman, PxP
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 1:45 p.m.
|Series History||Series tied 9-9
• UCF won last three, five of last six
• 11th straight season teams will play
• UCF won last 56-54
Feb. 15, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
Houston leads 5-4 in Houston
• UCF won last, two of last three in Houston
• UCF won last in Houston 79-78 (OT)
Feb. 15, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• UCF Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – Winners of four of its last five games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program wraps up a brief homestand when it plays host to American Athletic Conference rival UCF at 2 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The Cougars (17-7 • 7-5 American) enter this weekend’s game on the heels of an impressive 98-90 win over Memphis on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Trailing by as many as 13 points midway through the first half, the Cougars staged a memorable comeback with 58 second-half points after hitting nearly 70 percent from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes.
The Cougars also used some hot shooting from the free throw line, where the team has struggled at times this season. Houston connected on 25-of-32 tries from the charity stripe against Memphis, including 14-of-16 in the game’s final five minutes.
Senior forward Devonta Pollard led the way for Houston with a career-high 34 points on 14-of-24 shooting. The Porterville, Miss., native posted a season-high points total for the Cougars, topping the 31 points scored by sophomore Rob Gray, Jr., in wins at East Carolina (Jan. 30) and against LSU (Dec. 13, 2015), and became the 57th player in school history to score 30+ points in a game.
Junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson finished with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and a 6-of-6 performance from the free throw line.
Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.3 points per game but has been sidelined for the last three games with an ankle injury suffered at East Carolina Jan. 30.
With his scoring output Wednesday, Pollard stands in second among the Cougars with 13.6 points per game and moved into 11th in the latest league statistical rankings.
Dotson ranks third on the team with 13.0 points per game and leads the Cougars with 7.0 rebounds per contest to stand 10th in the league. Freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., leads the Cougars and ranks eight in the American Athletic Conference with 3.5 assists per game and stands fourth in the league with a 2.13-to-1 assist-turnover ratio.
In celebration of the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend, fans can purchase two General Admission tickets for the price of one for Saturday’s 2 p.m., game vs. UCF inside Hofheinz Pavilion in an online promotion presented by Houston-Galveston Area Council.
For this special discount, fans should visit uhcougars.com/16valentines. From there, fans should enter the Promo Code TMN241 in the Offer Code box with the gold lock in the middle of the page and select the section and ticket numbers they wish to purchase. This promotion is only available online.
HOW to BUY TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also 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.
Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.
Fans can purchase tickets to any three remaining home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.
Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.
Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Saturday's Men's Basketball 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 1:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans 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.
The game can be seen on ESPNews with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Kevin Lehman providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
UCF enters Saturday’s game with an 11-11 overall mark and 5-6 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Knights are eighth in the latest league standings.
UCF has lost its last two games and five of its last six. Only a 70-62 win at Tulane on Feb. 4 prevents a longer skid.
In its last game, UCF dropped a 69-51 decision to Cincinnati in Orlando on Tuesday night. The Bearcats outscored the Knights 38-21 in the second half to take the win.
Against Cincinnati, guard Matt Williams posted a game-high 24 points with six 3-pointers. Sophomore A.J. Davis added 16 points with seven rebounds and three assists, while freshman center Tacko Fall grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
This season, Davis leads the Knights with 13.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Adonys Henriquez ranks second on the team with 10.1 points per game. Senior guard Daiquan Walker leads the Knights with 3.9 assists per contest.
Head Coach Donnie Jones is in his sixth year at UCF and his ninth year overall as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 102-92 record at UCF and is 133-112 during his career. Jones previously served as head coach at Marshall (1997-00).
He has compiled a 5-4 record against Houston during his career with a 5-2 against the Cougars during his UCF tenure.
Following Saturday’s game, the Cougars head east on Interstate 10 to meet Tulane at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, in New Orleans. That game will be shown on ESPNews and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Houston enjoyed a 63-45 win against the Green Wave in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 5.
From there, the Cougars play host to Temple at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
The Cougars claimed a 77-50 win over the Owls on Jan. 2 in Philadelphia.
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.