Men's Hoops Hits the Road to Face SMU on Wednesday
Feb. 18, 2014
DALLAS - For the second time this season, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team meets American Athletic Conference-rival SMU when it faces the Mustangs at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Moody Coliseum.
The Cougars will have revenge on their mind during Wednesday's showdown. SMU claimed a 75-68 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 26, snapping Houston's three-game winning streak against the Mustangs.
Houston enters Wednesday's contest on the heels of tough 73-62 loss at No. 11/10 Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars battled the Bearcats close in a game that featured six ties and 23 lead changes before Cincinnati pulled away in the final six-and-a-half minutes.
Against the Bearcats, four Cougars scored in double digits led by redshirt freshman forward Danrad Knowles' 11 points. Sophomore guards L.J. Rose and Danuel House and junior forward TaShawn Thomas added 10 points apiece with Thomas' six rebounds leading all players.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars and ranks among the American Athletic Conference top-7 leaders with 16.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. The Killen, Texas, native is the only player in the league to rank that high in both categories and stands among the nation's top-40 leaders in field goal percentage, blocks per game and double-doubles.
House ranks second on the team with 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Rose leads the Cougars with 5.1 assists per contest to rank second in the league.
ON THE AIR
Wednesday's game can be seen live on ESPNews with Mark Neely calling the play-by-play action and Fran Fraschilla providing analysis or by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show will start at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
SMU enters Wednesday's game with a 20-6 overall record and 9-4 mark in The American play. The Mustangs rank third in the latest American standings. In addition, SMU is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches' polls this week.
In its most recent outing, SMU dropped a 71-64 decision at Temple on Sunday afternoon. That loss snapped the Mustangs' four-game winning streak.
Against the Owls, forward Markus Kennedy led the Mustangs with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added five rebounds to tie for the team lead with forward Shawn Williams and guard Nic Moore. Moore added 15 points with a team-high four assists, and guard Nick Russell added 10 points with three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
This season, Moore paces SMU with 14.1 points and 4.7 assists per game. Kennedy ranks second on the team with 12.0 points per game but leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Larry Brown is in his second year at SMU and his ninth season overall as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 35-23 record at SMU and a assembled a 212-84 overall career collegiate mark. Brown previously served as head coach at UCLA (197-81) and at Kansas (1983-88), leading the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA national championship.
Brown has posted a 3-3 record against Houston during his career. He is 1-2 against the Cougars during his SMU tenure.
In addition to his college record, Brown built a 1,098-904 record in the NBA with the Nuggets (1976-79), Nets (1981-83), Spurs (1988-92), Clippers (1991-93), Pacers (1993-97), 76ers (1997-02), Pistons (2003-05), Knicks (2005-06) and Bobcats (2008-11). He also compiled a 229-107 record in the ABA with Carolina (1972-74) and Denver (1974-76).
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and remains the only coach to lead teams to NCAA and NBA championships
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games. Houston plays host to UCF at 1 p.m., Saturday, in a doubleheader with the Houston Women's Basketball team, which squares off against No. 1/1 UConn at 4 p.m., Saturday.
The Cougars then meet No. 22/24 Memphis at 8 p.m., Feb. 27, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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