|HOUSTON COUGARS (18-7 • 8-5 American)
at TULANE GREEN WAVE (10-16 • 3-10 American)
|Time||8:30 p.m. • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016|
|Location||Devlin Fieldhouse (4,100) • New Orleans|
|Television||ESPNews • WatchESPN
Allen Bestwick, PxP
Mark Wise, PxP
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 8:15 p.m.
|Series History||Houston leads 18-16
• Houston won last three
• Second straight season teams play;
19th in last 20 years
• Houston won last 63-45
Jan. 5, 2016 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
Tulane leads 9-6 in New Orleans
• Houston won last two in New Orleans
• Houston won last in New Orleans 68-63 (OT)
March 4, 2015 (Devlin Fieldhouse)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Tulane Notes
• The American Notes
NEW ORLEANS – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program looks to extend its winning ways when it faces Tulane at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, inside Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Cougars (18-7 • 8-5 American) have won five of their last six games, including a dominating 82-58 win over UCF in the most recent action on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion. With their 18-7 overall record, the Cougars have posted their best start after 25 games since the 2008-09 team started 19-6 and are currently tied for fifth in the latest American Athletic Conference standings.
In its most recent action, Houston did a little of everything well in taking an 82-58 win over UCF on Saturday. The Cougars connected on 50 percent in each half and enjoyed a 40-31 rebounding advantage against a UCF team that featured 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall and 6-foot-9, 320-pound forward Justin McBride.
Senior forward Devonta Pollard led all players with 16 points, while junior forward Danrad Knowles and senior guard LeRon Barnes added 13 points apiece. Junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Making his first career start, junior center Bertrand Nkali tied with Barnes for the team lead with seven rebounds, while freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., added a team-high four rebounds.
This season, Gray, Jr., leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.3 points per game. However, the Forest City, N.C,, native has been sidelined for the last four games with an ankle injury suffered in late January. His status for Wednesday’s game at Tulane remains questionable.
Barnes tops the Cougars and the league by hitting 45.8 percent of his 3-point attempts, while Robinson stands four with a 2.18-to-1 assist-turnover ratio.
Wednesday’s game will be the second time the Cougars have faced Tulane this season. Houston enjoyed a 63-45 win on Jan. 5 inside Hofheinz Pavilion behind a game-high 15 points from sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., and a career-high 14 rebounds from Barnes.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Wednesday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans 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.
The game can be seen on ESPNews with Allen Bestwick calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Tulane enters Wednesday’s game with a 10-16 overall mark and 3-10 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Green Wave are ninth in the latest league standings.
Tulane has won each of its last two games in extra periods. The Green Wave claimed a 100-92 win in triple overtime at East Carolina on Feb. 10
In its last game, Tulane rallied to take a 94-87 win over Memphis on Saturday in New Orleans. Against Memphis, junior guard Malik Morgan and sophomore forward Dylan Osetkowski each poured in 23 points as the Green Wave rallied from a 4-point halftime deficit.
Osetkowski also finished with a team-high 13 rebounds. Senior guard Louis Dabney posted 17 points, while sophomore guard Cameron Reynolds came off the bench to score 12 points.
This season, Dabney leads Tulane with 14.2 points per game, while Morgan ranks second with 12.3 points per game and adds a team-high 2.5 assists per game. Osetkowski stands third with 11.2 points per game but leads Tulane with 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Head Coach Ed Conroy is in his sixth year at Tulane and his 13th year overall as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 90-107 record at Tulane and a 180-213 career record.
Conroy built a 41-40 record at Francis Marion (1997-00) and a 49-76 mark at The Citadel (2006-10). He is 4-7 against Houston during his career, including a 4-6 record during his Tulane tenure.
Following Wednesday's game, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Temple at 6 p.m., Sunday, during Blackout Weekend for the Houston Men’s and Women’s Basketball.
Houston Women’s Basketball starts the weekend at 1 p.m., Feb. 20, against Cincinnati, while the Men’s team plays host to Temple at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The first 100 current UH students at the Women’s game and the first 500 current UH students at the Men’s game will receive a FREE T-Shirt.
HOW to BUY TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also 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.
Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.
Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.
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