|HOUSTON COUGARS (9-17 1-13 American)
at TEMPLE OWLS (19-9 10-5 American)
|Time||6 p.m. (CST) / 7 p.m. (EST), Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015|
|Location||Liacouras Center (10,206) Philadelphia|
|Television||CBS Sports Network Channel Finder
Tom McCarthy (PxP)
Alaa Abdenlaby (analyst)
Evan Washburn (sideline)
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Series History||Houston leads 2-0
Houston won last 89-79
Philadelphia (March 1, 2014)
Houston leads 1-0 in Philadelphia
Houston won last in Philadelphia 89-79
(March 1, 2014)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program starts the final two weeks of the regular season when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival Temple at 6 p.m. (CST), Thursday, inside the Liacouras Center.
While the Cougars will be looking to end a five-game losing streak, the team has been competitive in all those games. Houston has held a halftime lead in each of its last four games during the streak and lost by six or fewer points in three of those.
Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers leads the Cougars with 14.3 points per game and ranks fifth in the American Athletic Conference with that total. The Terrell, Texas, native needs only four points against the Owls to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.
Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-10 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. In the Cougars' last game, the Nassau, Bahamas, native scored a game-high 16 points and fell just one rebound shy of recording his third double-double of the season.
Junior point guard LJ. Rose leads the Cougars with 5.3 assists per game and would rank second in the league if he had qualified with enough games played. Unfortunately, the Houston native and Westbury Christian product was lost for the rest of the season after aggravating a foot injury that kept him out of seven games earlier this season.
Rose's injury is only the latest in a series for the Cougars in 2014-15. Six different players have missed a total of 56 combined games this season. That group includes senior forward Mikhail McLean, junior forward Bertrand Nkali, freshman guard Wes Van Beck and freshman forward JC Washington.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Thursday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Thursday.
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.
Fans can watch Thursday's Men's Basketball game live on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play action, Alaa Abdelnaby providing analysis and Evan Washburn reporting from the sideline. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.
Fans can follow live scoring by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Live Stats link or by clicking here.
Temple enters Thursday's game with a 19-9 overall mark. The Owls are 10-5 in the American Athletic Conference to rank third in the latest league standings.
In its most recent action, Temple dropped a 55-39 decision at Tulsa on Sunday evening in Tulsa, Okla. The Owls shot only 24.6 percent (14-of-57) from the field, including 1-of-14 from the 3-point line.
Against the Golden Hurricane, senior guard Will Cummings posted 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. He was the only Owl to reach double-digit points.
This season, Cummings leads Temple with 13.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. Junior guard Quenton DeCosey ranks second with 12.1 points per game, while senior guard Jesse Morgan is a close third at 12.0 points per contest. Junior forward Jaylen Bond paces the team with 8.5 rebounds per game.
Head coach Fran Dunphy is in his ninth year at Temple and his 26th season overall as a head coach. He has posted a 186-106 record at Temple and Assembled a 496-269 overall career mark.
Dunphy previously served as head coach at Penn from 1989 to 2006. He has posted an 0-2 record against Houston during his career.
Thursday's game will be the lone meeting of regular-season between the teams but the second straight season that the squads will compete as American Athletic Conference rivals.
Houston leads the all-time series 2-0, including an 89-79 win in the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on March 1, 2014, in the last meeting. The series dates back to Feb. 9, 2014, an 88-74 Houston win inside Hofheinz Pavilion
The Cougars own a 1-0 all-time record against the Owls in Philadelphia following last season's 89-79 win.
Following Thursday's game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to American Athletic Conference rival USF at 2 p.m., Sunday. The Bulls claimed a 69-67 win in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 26.
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.
Fans can watch Sunday's Men's Basketball game live on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN 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.
BUY TICKETS NOW
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.
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.
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