|HOUSTON COUGARS (9-14 1-10 American)
at UCF KNIGHTS (10-13 3-9 American)
|Time||1 p.m. (CST), Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015|
|Location||CFE Arena (10,000) Orlando|
Drew Fellios (PxP)
Mark Wise (analyst)
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Series History||Houston leads 9-8
UCF won last two, four of last five
UCF won last 79-78 (OT)
Hofheinz Pavilion (Jan. 6, 2015)
UCF leads 4-3 in Orlando
UCF won last three in Orlando
UCF won last in Orlando, 104-83
(March 7, 2014)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
ORLANDO - Coming off a four-game homestand, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program starts a two-game road swing through the state of Florida when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival UCF at 1 p.m. (CST), Sunday, inside CFE Arena.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest following a tough 75-69 loss to league leader and 25th-ranked SMU on Thursday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Trailing by as many as 17 points midway through the second half, the Cougars made a valiant comeback, pulling to within four points with just under four minutes remaining.
Of Houston's 14 losses this season, six have been by six or fewer points with three of those being decided in overtime.
Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers continues to lead the Cougars and ranks third in the American Athletic Conference with 14.7 points per game. The Terrell, Texas, native totaled 14 second-half points against No. 25/25 SMU on Thursday on the way to a team-high 17 points.
With his offensive outburst, Stiggers is now only 23 points away from becoming the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.
Junior guard LeRon Barnes shook off the effects of illness in his last game to score 14 points with a game-high 10 rebounds against SMU for the second double-double of his career. The Stonewall, La., native is one of only five players among the league's top-10 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding.
However, playing from his regular No. 3 position while measuring 6-foot-5 and weighing 190 pounds, Barnes is easily the smallest member of the exclusive group. Overall, Barnes ranks eighth in the league with 6.4 rebounds per game.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 12:45 p.m. (CST), Sunday.
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.
Fans can watch Sunday's game live on ESPN3 with Drew Fellios calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise 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.
UCF enters Sunday's game with a 10-13 overall mark. The Knights are 3-9 in the American Athletic Conference to rank ninth in the latest league standings.
In its most recent action, UCF converted 49 percent of its shots from the field while limiting USF to only 35.7 percent on the way to a 73-62 win in Orlando on Tuesday.
Against USF, Kasey Wilson came off the bench to score 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds. Guard B.J. Taylor added 15 points, while forward Staphon Blair posted 14 points with seven boards. Daiquan Walker totaled 10 points, and guard Brandon Goodwin added a game-high five assists.
This season, Taylor leads the Knights with 13.9 points per game, while Adonys Henriquez stands second with 11.0 points per contest. Goodwin ranks third among the Knights with 10.3 points per game but leads UCF with 3.6 assists per game. Blair is tops with 4.9 rebounds per game with Wilson a close second at 4.8 boards per contest.
Head coach Donnie Jones is in his fifth year at UCF, posting a 89-76 record during that time. He is in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach with a 120-106 career mark during that time
Jones previously served as head coach at Marshall (1997-00). He has posted a 5-4 record against Houston during his career and is 4-2 against the Cougars during his UCF tenure.
Sunday's game will be the second of two regular-season meetings between the teams. UCF claimed a 79-78 win in overtime in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 4.
This marks the 10th straight season the teams will compete in Men's Basketball. The series has been played at least once every year since 2005-06 when both teams played in Conference USA.
Houston leads the all-time series 9-8. However, UCF has won the last two meetings and four of the last five games in the series. Only an 88-84 Houston win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 22, 2014, prevents a longer UCF winning streak.
The series dates back to Jan. 14, 2006, a 66-56 UCF win in Hofheinz Pavilion.
UCF owns a 4-3 record against the Cougars in Orlando. Houston has dropped their last three road contests against UCF and have not won in Orlando since a 97-69 win on Feb. 4, 2009.
BUY TICKETS NOW
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.
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.
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