Men's Hoops Set to Face No. 11/10 Cincinnati on Saturday
Feb. 14, 2014
CINCINNATI - Fresh off an impressive win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 2 p.m. (CST)/3 p.m. (EST) against American Athletic Conference leader and 10th ranked Cincinnati inside Fifth Third Arena.
The Cougars (12-12 4-7) enter this weekend's contest well-rested and after an impressive victory. In their last game Sunday, Houston used a 22-2 run early in the first half on the way to an 88-74 win against league-rival Temple inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
In the first ever meeting against the Owls, junior forward TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 25 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers poured in a career-high-tying 20 points, thanks to five 3-pointers, while senior guard Brandon Morris added 15 points with five treys of his own.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 16.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. As he has for much of the season, the Killeen, Texas, native is the only player to rank among The American's top-6 leaders in both scoring and rebounding and stands among the nation's top-30 leaders in field goal percentage (9th), blocked shots (18th) and double-doubles (30th).
This will be the second time these two teams have met. The Bearcats took a 61-60 win against the Cougars on Jan. 7 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. However, this will be the teams' first meeting in Cincinnati since Jan. 29, 2005.
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Saturday's game can be seen live on ESPNU with Adam Amin calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis or by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play. The pregame show will start at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.
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Cincinnati enters Saturday's game with a 22-3 overall record and 11-1 mark in The American play. The Bearcats stand atop the league with a 1.5-game lead over Louisville.
Cincinnati is ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll and at No. 10 in the most recent USA TODAY Coaches' poll.
The Bearcats dropped a 76-55 decision at SMU on Feb. 8 in Dallas to see their 15-game winning streak snapped. In its most recent outing, SMU connected on 54.3 percent (26-of-46) from the field while limiting the Bearcats to 35.4 percent with 19 turnovers.
Against the Mustangs, guard Sean Kilpatrick led all players with 22 points and added six rebounds with three assists. Forward Justin Jackson added 10 points with a game-high nine rebounds in the loss.
This season, Kilpatrick leads the Bearcats with 19.8 points and 2.5 assists per contest. Jackson ranks second on the team with 11.4 points per game but tops Cincinnati with 7.0 rebounds per game.
Head coach Mick Cronin is in his eighth year at Cincinnati and his 11th season overall as a head coach. He has posted a 157-103 record at Cincinnati and assembled a 213-139 overall career mark.
Cronin previously served as head coach at Murray State (2003- 06, 69-24 record) and at Kent State (2001-02, 30-6 record). In addition, he has posted a 1-0 record against Houston during his career
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will hit the road again to take on SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The Cougars will be looking to avenge a 75-68 loss to the Mustangs in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 26.
From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games. Houston plays host to UCF at 1 p.m., Feb. 22, in a doubleheader with the Houston Women's Basketball team, which squares off against No. 1/1 UConn at 4 p.m., Feb. 22
The Men's team then meets No. 20/22 Memphis at 8 p.m., Feb. 27.
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