|HOUSTON COUGARS (9-15 1-11 American)
at USF BULLS (7-19 1-12 American)
|Time||6 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015|
|Location||Sun Dome (10,411) Tampa, Fla.|
Eamon McAnaney (PxP)
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Series History||Houston leads 11-10
Houston won last two, six of last seven
Houston won last 78-69
Hofheinz Pavilion (March 4, 2014)
Series tied 5-5 in Tampa, Fla.
Houston won last three in Tampa, Fla.
Houston won last in Tampa, Fla., 67-58
(Jan. 4, 2014)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program closes out a road swing through the state of Florida when it squares off against American Athletic Conference rival USF at 6 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, inside the Sun Dome.
Tuesday's game will be the Cougars' second game on the trip. Houston dropped a tough 56-54 heartbreaker at UCF in Orlando on Sunday afternoon after UCF guard B.J. Taylor banked in driving layup with just 2.8 seconds left. It was the Cougars' second loss to the Knights this season by a combined three points.
Of the Cougars' 15 losses this season, six of those have been by six or fewer points with three of those in overtime.
Junior forward Devonta Pollard led the Cougars with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds against the Knights. Playing all 40 minutes, junior guard LeRon Barnes posted 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while junior point guard L.J. Rose added eight points with a game-high eight assists.
This season, Pollard ranks third on the team with 10.5 points per game and is averaging 5.9 rebounds per contest to rank second among the Cougars. Barnes leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game, while Rose is tops with 5.6 assists per game despite missing seven games following foot surgery in the summer.
Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles is one of only three players to rank among the league's top-19 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Nassau, Bahamas, native is averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Tuesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST), Tuesday.
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 Tuesday's game live on ESPNews with Eamon McAnaney calling the play-by-play action and Malcolm Huckaby 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 scoring by clicking here and following the appropriate links.
USF enters Tuesday's game with a 7-19 overall mark. The Bulls are 1-12 in the American Athletic Conference to rank 11th in the latest league standings.
In its most recent action, USF dropped a 75-48 decision to Memphis on Saturday afternoon inside the Sun Dome in Tampa Fla. It was USF's 11th straight loss and 13th in the last 14 games. USF has not won since a 58-50 home win vs. East Carolina on Jan. 3.
Against Memphis, center Ruben Guerrero posted 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds with three blocked shots. Forward Bo Zeigler added 10 points with four rebounds and a game-high six blocked shots, while guard Corey Allen, Jr., finished with team highs of seven rebounds and four assists.
This season, Allen leads the Bulls with 15.2 points per game. Chris Perry stands second with 10.8 points per contest but leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game. Collins paces USF with 5.0 assists per game.
Head coach Orlando Antigua is in his first season as a collegiate head coach, posting a 7-19 record during that time. He previously served as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh, Memphis and Kentucky.
Tuesday's game will be his first meeting against the Cougars.
Tuesday will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. USF returns to Hofheinz Pavilion at 2 p.m., March 1.
This marks the second straight season teams will compete in Men's Basketball as American Athletic Conference rivals. The squads competed as Conference USA rivals from 1996-97 to 2004-05.
Houston leads all-time series 11-10. The Cougars have won the last two games and six of the last seven. Only a 69-64 USF win on March 9, 2005, at the Conference USA Championship in Memphis, Tenn., prevents a longer Houston winning streak
The series dates back to Dec. 29, 1989, an 87-78 Houston win at the Holiday Classic in Tampa, Fla.
The all-time series is tied 5-5 in Tampa, Fla. Houston has won the last three road contests in Tampa, including a 67-58 victory on Jan. 4, 2014, in the most recent meeting. The Cougars have not lost to USF in Tampa, Fla., since a 62-47 setback on Feb. 15, 2003.
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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