|HOUSTON COUGARS (19-8 9-6 American)
at UCF KNIGHTS (11-14 5-9 American)
|Tickets||BUY Tickets Tickets Info|
|Time||6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2016|
|Location||CFE Arena (9,993) Orlando|
Alex Faust, PxP
Brooke Weisbrod, PxP
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 5:45 p.m. (CST)
|Series History||Houston leads 10-9
Houston won last, UCF won three of last four
12th straight season teams play
Houston won last 77-50
Feb. 13, 2016 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
UCF leads 5-3 in Orlando
Houston won last in Houston 88-74
Feb. 15, 2015 (CFE Arena)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
ORLANDO -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival UCF inside CFE Arena.
The Cougars (19-8 9-6 American) enter this weekend's game on the heels of a tough loss to league leader Temple on Sunday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston erased a 13-point, first-half deficit to build a second-half lead but fell just short in a 69-66 loss to the Owls.
With only three regular-season games remaining, the Cougars look to move higher in the American Athletic Conference standings. A win against the Knights on Wednesday makes the 2015-16 Cougars only the 22nd team in school history with 20+ wins in a season.
The Cougars also can clinch a First-Round bye at the American Athletic Conference Championship, scheduled for March 10-13 inside the Amway Center in Orlando, with a win over UCF on Wednesday.
Against Temple, junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson tied for team-high honors with 20 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers. He became the first Cougars to hit 6+ treys in a game since Jherrod Stiggers sank eight against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 28, 2014.
Playing in front of Houston fans for the first time since severely spraining his ankle at East Carolina on Jan. 30, sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., posted 20 points, while senior forward Devonta Pollard added 19 points with 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
This season, Gray continues to lead the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.2 points per game. Pollard ranks second on the team with 13.9 points per game, while Dotson averaged 13.4 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. Freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., leads Houston and ranks eighth in the league with 3.4 assists per game.
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 5:45 p.m. (CST), 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 ESPU with Alex Faust calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod 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.
UCF enters Wednesday's game with an 11-14 overall mark and 5-9 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Knights stand in eighth place in the latest league standings.
UCF has lost its last five games and eight of its last nine. Its lone win in that stretch was a 70-62 win at Tulane on Feb. 4 in New Orleans.
In its last game, UCF dropped a 75-67 decision to Tulsa in Orlando. Tulsa built a 36-22 halftime lead and never looked back in the win.
Against Tulsa, junior guard Matt Williams led UCF with 16 points, while freshman guard Chance McSpadden added 12 points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward A.J. Davis led the team with eight rebounds, while senior guard Daiquan Walker finished with a game-high six assists.
This season, Davis leads the Knights with 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Walker is tops with 3.9 assists per contest.
Head Coach Donnie Jones is in his sixth year at UCF and his ninth year overall as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 78-84 record at UCF and is 133-125 during his career.
Jones previously served as head coach at Marshall, where he compiled a 55-41 record from 2007 to 2010.
He is 6-5 against Houston during his career with a 5-3 mark during his UCF tenure.
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.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars meet UCF at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, inside CFE Arena in Orlando. That game will be shown on ESPNU and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Houston enjoyed an 82-58 win over the Knights on Feb. 13 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, Houston closes out its regular-season road schedule when it takes on UConn at noon, Sunday, inside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. That game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
The Huskies claimed a 69-57 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 17.
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