Men's Basketball Hosts Cincinnati on Saturday

Feb. 19, 2015

CINCINNATI BEARCATS (17-9 • 8-5 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-16 • 1-2 American)
presented by IBEW Local Union 716
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Time 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPNU WatchESPN
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Paul Biancardi, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 8:15 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Cincinnati leads 25-1
• Second straight season teams have played
• Cincinnati won last 13
Cincinnati won last 67-54
   Cincinnati (Jan. 21, 2015)
Cincinnati leads 12-1 in Houston
Cincinnnati won last six in Houston
Cincinnati won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
  61-60 (Jan. 7, 2014)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to defending American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by IBEW Local Union 716.

The Cougars enter this weekend's showdown on the heels of back-to-back, 2-point losses at UCF and at USF during a recent road swing through the state of Florida. Of the Cougars' 16 losses this season, half have come by six or fewer points.

In the last game at USF on Tuesday, junior point guard L.J. Rose poured in a career-high 25 points with a team-high five assists while playing all 40 minutes against the Bulls. With that, he became the fourth Cougar to score 20+ points in a game this season, joining junior forward Devonta Pollard, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers and sophomore forward Danrad Knowles.

This season, Stiggers leads the Cougars with 14.4 points per game and ranks 10th nationally with 3.3 3-pointers per game. The Terrell, Texas, native needs only 17 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.

Pollard stands second on the team with 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The East Mississippi Community College product totaled 11 points with a game-high 10 rebounds at USF for his team-leading fifth double-double of the season.

Knowles is a close third on the team with 10.4 points and is averaging 5.8 rebounds per contest. The Nassau, Bahamas, native is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-20 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

With his recent offensive outburst, Rose moved into double digits in scoring and stands fourth among the Cougars with 10.1 points per game. The Houston native leads the Cougars with 5.6 assists per game and would lead the American Athletic Conference if he had not missed seven games earlier in the season following foot surgery.

Fans will want to arrive early at Hofheinz Pavilion with the first 3,000 fans at Saturday's game receiving a free Houston Basketball magnet.

2015 Most Dedicated Fan graphic Saturday's game also will be part of "H-Day" with fans having the opportunity to be named the Coogs' Most Dedicated Fan by attending home events for four sport programs throughout the day.

Saturday features five home events on the UH campus: Women's Basketball (2 p.m. - SMU), Softball (3 p.m. - New Mexico, 5:30 p.m. - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), Baseball (6:30 p.m. - Alabama) and Men's Basketball (8:30 p.m. - Cincinnati), along with the 38th annual "H" Association BBQ (4-7 p.m.).

Houston fans can pick up their Dedicated Coog card at the Women's Basketball game at Hofheinz Pavilion and pick up their first of four hole-punches. Fans who enter the venue of each sporting event and show their Dedicated Coog card will receive a hole-punch from the Houston Athletics Marketing Department.

Fans who collect all four punches can turn in a completed card at Hofheinz Pavilion at the Men's Basketball game to receive a special edition Coogs' Most Dedicated Fan t-shirt and be entered into the Coogs' Most Dedicated Fan grand prize.

That grand prize consists of batting practice for two with Houston Baseball, throwing out the first pitch at the March 22 Houston Softball game vs. USF, a suite for 20 at the March 1 Houston Men's Basketball game vs. USF, a position as the honorary head coach for the March 2 Houston Women's Basketball game vs. Temple and two field passes for the Houston Football Spring Game on April 18.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Saturday'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. Saturday.

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.

ESPNU logo Fans can watch Saturday's Men's Basketball game live on ESPNU with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Paul Biancardi 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 visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

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.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

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.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Cincinnati logo ABOUT CINCINNATI
Cincinnati enters Saturday's game with a 17-9 overall mark. The Bearcats are 8-5 in the American Athletic Conference to rank fourth in the latest league standings.

In its most recent action, Cincinnati rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit but fell 59-57 to crosstown rival Xavier on Wednesday night inside Fifth Third Arena. Against Xavier, forward Gary Clark led Cincinnati with 14 points and topped all players with seven rebounds in the loss. Forward Octavius Ellis added 11 points with four rebounds, while guard Troy Caupain topped the Bearcats with four assists.

This season, Caupain leads the Bearcats with 9.9 points and 3.4 assists per game. Ellis ranks second with 9.5 points per game but leads Cincinnati with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Clark stands second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.

Head coach Mick Cronin is in his ninth year at Cincinnati, posting a 179-115 record during that time. In more than 11 years as a collegiate head coach, Cronin has assembled a 248-141 record. He previously served as head coach at Murray State (2003-06, 69-24 record) and at Kent State (2001-02, 30-6 record).

This season, Cronin leads the Bearcats while not participating in on-court activities (games and practices) for precautionary reasons after being diagnosed with a non-life threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection.

He continues to direct coaching staff and be involved in game planning and recruiting and will continue in that role for rest of the 2014-15 season.

Ninth-year associate head coach Larry Davis leads the Bearcats in practices and games in Cronin's absence. Davis previously spent nine years as head coach at Furman (1998-2006) compiling a 124-139 record.

Saturday's game will be the second of two regular-season meetings between the teams. The Bearcats claimed a 67-54 win in Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Jan. 21.

This is the second straight season that the teams will compete as American Athletic Conference rivals. The squads played as Conference USA rivals from 1996 to 2005.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 24-1 and has won each of the last 13 games. The only Houston win in the series is a 90-85 victory on Feb. 2, 1973, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The series dates back to Dec. 21, 1957, a 70-53 Cincinnati win in Houston.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 12-1 in Houston. The Bearcats has won each of the last six games in Houston, including a 61-60 victory on Jan. 7, 2014, in the most recent encounter.

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