|#23/23 HOUSTON COUGARS (21-5 11-3 American)
at MEMPHIS TIGERS (16-11 7-7 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018|
|Location||FedExForum (18,400) Memphis, Tenn.|
|Television||CBS Sports Network (Channel Finder)
Carter Blackburn, play-by-play
Pete Gillen, analyst
Gary Parrish, sideline
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m.
|Live Scoring||Live Stats|
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nationally ranked for the first time in more than three decades, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action when it tips off against Memphis at 8 p.m., Thursday, inside FedExForum.
The Cougars, who are ranked No. 23 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches' polls, enter this week's game as winners of their last five games and seven of the last eight.
Houston is fresh off a dominating 80-59 win over American Athletic Conference rival Temple on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Cougars scored the game's first 15 points and never allowed the Owls to move closer than 13 points in the wire-to-wire victory.
With that win, Houston improved to 21-5 overall - becoming the 22nd team in school history to reach that win total in a single season - and 11-3 in American Athletic Conference play. The Cougars are tied for second in the league with No. 13/12 Wichita State, only one game behind league leader and 11th-ranked Cincinnati.
Against Temple, junior guard Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars and tied his career high with 20 points, thanks to 6-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line. The Lafayette, La., native, who leads the league with 2.9 treys per game, wasted little time in extending his streak to 22 straight games with at least one 3-pointer, burying a trey from the left baseline just 21 seconds into the game against the Owls.
Senior forward Devin Davis posted 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double and team-leading fifth of the season. Devin Davis (no relation to Corey) ranks third among the Cougars with 11.1 points per game but tops the team with 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Senior guard Rob Gray, who is one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award and the Jerry West Award, continues to lead the Cougars with 17.1 points and 4.2 assists per game. The Forest City, N.C., native is one of only three players to rank among The American's top-six leaders in both scoring and assists.
Gray also tied his career with seven rebounds in Sunday's win at Temple.
The Cougars found themselves among the Top 25 of both national polls for the first time since the final polls of the 1983-84 season. That year, Houston finished at No. 5 in both the AP and UPI polls.
Fans can watch Thursday's game live on CBS Sports with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Gary Parrish reporting from the sidelines. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.
Fans can hear Thursday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m., Thursday.
Memphis brings a 16-11 overall record and 7-7 mark in The American into Thursday's game.
Tigers stand in sixth in the latest American Athletic Conference standings.
In its most recent action, Memphis enjoyed a 68-63 victory over Tulane on Saturday in New Orleans.
Against Tulane, junior guard Jeremiah Martin led all players with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line... Junior forward Mike Parks Jr. added 15 points with six rebounds, while junior forward Kyron Davenport totaled 10 points with two rebounds and two assists... Freshman guard Jamal Johnson led the Tigers with eight rebounds.
This season, Martin leads Memphis and the American Athletic Conference with 19.3 points per game and adds a team-high 3.9 assists per game... Davenport stands second with 12.9 points per game but leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Head Coach Tubby Smith is in his second season at Memphis and his 27th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 35-24 record at Memphis and is 592-300 during his career.... Previously built a 89-43 record at Tulsa (1991-95), a 45-19 record at Georgia (1995-97), a 263-83 record at Kentucky (1997-07), a 124-81 record at Minnesota and a 46-50 record at Texas Tech (2013-16).
Smith has posted a 3-2 record against Houston during his career... Is 1-1 against the Cougars as Memphis' head coach.
Smith has posted a 2-4 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers... Houston-Memphis is the fifth different combination of schools in which the two coaches have competed.
1973 graduate of High Point.
Following Thursday's game, the Cougars return home to play host to ECU at 2 p.m., Sunday, inside H&PE Arena... Game will be shown on ESPN3 and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, Houston closes out its regular-season road schedule when it takes on SMU at 8 p.m., Feb. 28, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas... Game will be shown on ESPN2 and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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