|#5/5 CINCINNATI BEARCATS (23-2 • 12-0 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (19-5 • 9-3 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||6 p.m. • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018|
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
|Location||H&PE Arena (8,100) • Houston|
|Promotions||Gameday Promotions Schedule
• FREE UH sunglasses for students
while supplies last
|Parking||Parking Map & Info
FREE shuttle begins at 4:30 p.m.,
in Lot 12A at TDECU Stadium
|Television||CBS Sports Network
Brent Stover, play-by-play
Jordan Cornette, analyst
Cassie McKinney, sideline
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m.
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Cincinnati Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – Winners of five of its last six games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program plays host to No. 5 and American Athletic Conference leader Cincinnati at 6 p.m., Thursday, inside H&PE Arena in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
Thursday’s game features two of the top-three teams in the league with the Cougars tied for second at 19-5 overall and 9-3 in league play. Cincinnati leads the league with a 12-0 mark and owns a 23-2 overall record.
The Cougars and the Bearcats also stand among the top-three teams in the league in multiple statistical categories, including scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage defense and rebounding margin.
This will be the second top-10 opponent the Cougars have faced on their home court in 2017-18. Houston claimed a 73-59 win over No. 7/4 Wichita State on Jan. 20.
As Hofheinz Pavilion undergoes a $60-million renovation to become the Fertitta Center for the 2018-19 season, Houston has enjoyed tremendous success in H&PE Arena, their home away from home. The Cougars have collected 12 straight home wins, winning by an average of more than 21.0 points per game.
Houston enters the finale of their three-game homestand following an impressive 73-42 win over Tulane on Thursday night. Senior forward Devin Davis led all players with 16 points, thanks to 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while sophomore guard Armoni Brooks posted his second straight double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
For his impressive performances in home wins over SMU and Tulane, Brooks was honored as American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, a first in his career.
This season, senior guard Rob Gray continues to lead the Cougars and ranks fourth in the league with 17.7 points per game. The Forest City, N.C., native also paces the team with 4.4 assists per game and is one of only two players to rank among the top-four leaders in both scoring and assists.
Gray is one of 10 finalists for both the Jerry West Award, presented to the nation’s top shooting guard, and the Senior CLASS Award, which honors excellence in character, community, classroom and competition.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets starting at only $15. Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
To avoid lines for the H&PE Arena garage, fans are encouraged to use the FREE parking shuttle. Shuttle service begins at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.
Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.
• Cincinnati brings a 23-2 overall record and 13-0 mark in The American into Thursday’s game.
• Bearcats have a three-game lead over Houston and Wichita State for first place in the latest league standings.
• Cincinnati is ranked No. 5 in both national polls, receiving 1,359 points in the latest Associated Press poll and 675 points and a first-place vote in the most recent USA TODAY Coaches’ poll.
• In its most recent action, Cincinnati enjoyed a 76-51 win at SMU... Was the Bearcats’ 16th straight win.
• Cincinnati has not lost since a 66-60 setback against Florida on Dec. 9, 2017.
• Against SMU, Cincinnati jumped out to a 32-21 lead at halftime and never trailed in the game... Bearcats built as much as a 35-point advantage midway through the second half.
• Forward Kyle Washington posted 17 points with eight rebounds to lead the Bearcats in both categories... Guard Jarron Cumberland finished with 12 points, three rebounds and four assists, while forward Gary Clark totaled 11 points with six rebounds... Guard Justin Jenifer led Cincinnati with five assists.
• This season, Jacob Evans leads Cincinnati with 13.5 points per game... Clark ranks second on the team with 12.8 points per contest but leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game... Washington stands third with 11.5 points per game, and Cumberland averages 10.8 points per game to rank fourth.
• Head Coach Mick Cronin is in his 12th season at Cincinnati and his 15th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled an 260-137 record at Cincinnati and is 329-161 during his career.
• Previously built a 69-24 record at Murray State (2003-06).
• Cronin is 8-1 against Houston during his career with all eight previous meetings coming during his Cincinnati tenure.
• 1997 graduate of Cincinnati.
Fans can watch Thursday’s game live on CBS Sports with Brent Stover calling the play-by-play action, Jordan Cornette providing analysis and Cassie McKinney reporting from the sideline. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.
Fans can hear Thursday’s game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Thursday.
• Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars hit the road again to take on Temple at 3 p.m. (CST), Sunday... Second of two regular-season meetings against the Owls after Cougars took a 76-73 win in Houston on Dec. 30, 2017... Game will be seen on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Houston continues its road swing as it faces Memphis at 8 p.m., Feb. 22, inside FedExForum, in Memphis, Tenn… Game will be seen on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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