Men's Hoops Plays Host to 21/22 Memphis on Thursday

Feb. 25, 2014

#21/22 MEMPHIS TIGERS (21-6 • 10-4 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (13-14 • 5-9 American)
presented by Wells Fargo
Tickets Tickets Information
Questions? Fan Guide
Time 8 p.m.
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
Television CBS Sports Network / Channel Finder
   Mark Followill, PxP
   Chris Walker, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
Radio 950 AM KPRC • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History • Memphis leads 28-12
• Memphis won last four
Memphis won last 82-59
   Memphis, Tenn. • Jan. 23, 2014
• Memphis leads 10-5 in Houston
• Memphis won four of last five in Houston
Memphis won last 89-55 in Houston
   Hofheinz Pavilion • Jan. 14, 2012
Game Notes Houston Notes
Memphis Notes
The American Notes
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HOUSTON - For the sixth time this season, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team will face a Top 25 team when it plays host to No. 21/22 Memphis at 8 p.m., Thursday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Wells Fargo.

The Cougars have previously played five games against nationally ranked Louisville, UConn, Cincinnati and Memphis. With Thursday's game, Houston will play its most ranked teams in a single season since the 1984-85 team faced seven.

Houston fans also have a chance to watch history during Thursday's game against the Tigers. With only five more rebounds, junior forward TaShawn Thomas will become the seventh player in school history with 1,300+ points and 800+ rebounds during his career.

The Killeen, Texas, native will join Houston greats Elvin Hayes, Dwight Davis, Greg Anderson, Rickie Winslow, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only members of that group.

Thomas already ranks among the Cougars' top-10 career leaders in blocked shots and rebounds and is currently tied for 21st with 1,305 points.

The Cougars enter Thursday's game on the heels of an 88-84 win against UCF last weekend inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Against the Knights, sophomore guard Danuel House poured in a team-high 18 points, thanks to an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line, and sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers added 17 points, thanks to five 3-pointers.

Stiggers continues his own rise in the Houston records book. The Terrell, Texas, native needs only 11 more treys to move into the Cougars' top 10 career leaders in that category and already ranks 10th with 352 3-point attempts.

This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 15.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. He is one of only two players in the American Athletic Conference to rank among the league's top-7 leaders in both scoring and rebounding, joining UCF's Isaiah Sykes.

House ranks second on the team with 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, while Stiggers stands third at 10.3 points per game. Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose leads the Cougars and ranks second in the league with 5.2 assists per game.

Houston Men's Basketball single-game tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.

To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email cougarpride@uh.edu. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.

Thursday's game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with Mark Followill calling the play-by-play action and Chris Walker providing analysis. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their areas by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.

Fans can hear Thursday'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 7:45 p.m., Thursday.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Memphis enters Thursday's game with a 21-6 overall record and 10-4 mark in The American to rank fourth in the league. The Tigers are ranked No. 21 in the latest Associated Press Poll and at No. 22 in the most recent USA TODAY Coaches' poll.

In its most recent outing, Memphis took an 82-79 win against Temple on Saturday night inside FedExForum for its second straight win and fifth victory in its last six games.

Against the Owls, forward Shaq Goodwin led five Tigers in double digits with 20 points on 10-15 shooting. Forward Austin Nichols posted 17 points with 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots, while guard Joe Jackson added 12 points with five rebounds and a game-high eight assists. Guard Geron Johnson totaled 12 points in the win.

This season, Jackson leads three Tigers in double digits with 14.7 points and tops the Tigers with 4.7 assists per contest. Goodwin ranks second with 12.5 points per game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per contest. Dixon stands third on the team with 11.6 points per game.

Head coach Josh Pastner is in his fifth year at Memphis and as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 127-40 record at Memphis, including a 5-2 record against Houston during his career.

Following Thursday's game, the Cougars open the month of March when it faces Temple for the second time this season at 8 p.m. (CST), Saturday, inside the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

From there, Houston closes out its regular-season home schedule when it faces USF at 7:30 p.m., March 4, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars will recognize seniors J.J. Richardson, Brandon Morris, Tione Womack, Jimmie Jones and Lawrence Paye in pregame ceremonies.

In addition, that USF game will be part of Senior Night. All military (current and veterans), police, fire department and EMS personnel can receive two free tickets to the game by calling Darron Pinkney at 713-743-9033 by the end of business Friday, Feb. 28.



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