Feb. 12, 2013
UPDATE (4:20 p.m., Feb. 12, 2013) - Due to unforeseen circumstances, Elvin Hayes will not arrive until shortly before his duties as Houston IMG Sports Network radio analyst are needed... Hayes will not be available at the pregame autograph session Wednesday evening.
HOUSTON - Prior to Wednesday's game against UTEP, some of the biggest names in University of Houston Men's Basketball history will join in an autograph session inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Ollie Taylor (1968-70), Dwight Davis (1969-72), Otis Birdsong (1973-77) and Greg "Cadillac" Anderson (1983-87) will sign autographs at tables located behind Suite 5 on the concourse. This illustrious group will sign free autograph cards for fans from 6:30 p.m., until 15 minutes remain in the first half on the game clock.
Wednesday's 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.
Read more about these all-time greats later in this story.
JIM NANTZ BOBBLEHEAD DOLLS
Wednesday's game also 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.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GOUH or email email@example.com. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.
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 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.
ALL-TIME GREATS BIOS
OLLIE TAYLOR (1968-70)
Competed in the 1970 East-West All-Star Game... Ranks 25th in Houston career history with 1,231 points despite playing only two seasons in college... Led Houston to an 41-14 combined record and a berth in the 1970 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Professional: Taken in the 12th round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers... Competed for four years in the ABA with the New York Nets, San Diego Conquistadors and Carolina Cougars.
DWIGHT DAVIS (1969-72)
2006 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee... Three-time USBWA All-District VI honoree (1972, 1971, 1970)... One of only six players in school history to record a triple-double... Finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots against UNLV during the 1970-71 season... Continues to rank second in Houston career history with 231 blocked shots... Tied for third in Houston career history with two 40-point games, including a career-high 42 against Arizona State during the 1971-72 season... Competed in the 1972 East-West All-Star Game... Ranks seventh in Houston career history with 1,741 points... Helped lead the Cougars to three straight 20-win seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a combined 67-19 record. Professional: Competed for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors during his professional career.. Taken with the No. 3 overall pick of the first round of the 1972 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers
OTIS BIRDSONG (1974-77)
2000 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee... Member of 1975 United States team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Games... Honored as the Most Valuable Player at the 1975 Pan American Games... Ranks second in Houston career history with 2,832 points... 1976-77 Southwest Conference Player of the Year after averaging 30.3 points per game... Southwest Conference Player of the Decade for the 1970s... Led the Southwest Conference and ranked eighth nationally with 26.1 points per game in 1975-76... First freshman to start for the Cougars in 1973-74 after freshmen became eligible to compete... Helped lead the Cougars to a combined 79-38 record with a run to the NIT Finals in 1977... Lettered at Houston from 1973 to 1977. Professional: Four-time NBA All-Star and competed in three NBA All-Star Games... Was an All-NBA Second-Team selection 1980-18 following his second season as a professional... Also competed with New Jersey and Boston during a 12-year professional career... Finished his NBA career with 12,544 points... Second player chosen in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings
GREG "CADILLAC" ANDERSON (1983-87)
1986 All-America Honorable Mention... 1986 USBWA All-District VI selection... Two-time NABC All-District 9 First-Team member (1987, 1986)... 1987 All-Southwest Conference First-Team selection... 1986 All-Southwest Conference Second-Team honoree... Ranks ninth in Houston career history with 1,662 points... Helped lead the Cougars to a combined 82-45 record with three postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournament berths. Professional: Member of the 1988-89 NBA All-Rookie Team with the San Antonio Spurs... Played for eight teams in the NBA during his professional career... Taken in the first round of the 1988 Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.