|HOUSTON COUGARS (20-8 • 10-6 American)
at UCONN HUSKIES (20-8 • 10-5 American)
|Tickets||BUY Tickets • Tickets Info|
|Time||Noon (CST) • Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016|
|Location||Gampel Pavilion (10,167) • Storrs, Conn.|
|Television||CBS Sports Network • Channel Finder
Andrew Catalon, PxP
Steve Lappas, PxP
Jamie Erdahl, sidelines
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts
at 11:45 a.m. (CST)
|Series History||UConn leads 4-2
• Teams split last four games
• Third straight season teams play
• UConn won last 69-57
Jan. 17, 2016 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
UConn leads 2-0 in Storrs, Conn.
• UConn won last in Storrs, 80-43
Jan. 30, 2014 (Gampel Pavilion)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• UConn Notes
• The American Notes
STORRS, Conn. – Coming off one of their most dominating wins in American Athletic Conference play, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program hits the road again to face UConn at noon (CST) Sunday inside Gampel Pavilion.
With their 88-61 win over UCF in Orlando on Wednesday, the Cougars clinched a First-Round bye at the American Athletic Conference Championship, scheduled for March 10-13 at the Amway Center in Orlando. The 2015-16 Cougars also became the 22nd team in school history – and the first since 2012-13 – to post 20+ wins in a single season.
Junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson led five Cougars in double digits with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Senior forward Devonta Pollard and sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., each posted 13 points, while junior guard Ronnie Johnson chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.
With his team going 13-18 a year ago, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff have engineered a 9-game improvement for the Cougars with their current 20-8 mark, tying for the 13th-best improvement in the nation.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 17.1 points per game The Forest City, N.C., native is looking to becomes Houston’s first conference scoring champion since guard Aubrey Coleman led the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game in 2009-10.
Pollard ranks second on the team with 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game after snaring a team-high seven boards in Wednesday’s win.
Dotson is a close third among the Cougars with 13.6 points per game but leads the team and ranks 12th in the league with 6.6 rebounds per contest.
Freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., leads the Cougars and ranks eighth in the league with 3.5 assists per contest. With 98 assists to date, the Houston native and Westbury Christian product is poised to become only the fifth freshman in school history to record 100+ assists in a single-season.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 11:45 a.m. (CST), Sunday.
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 CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play action, Steve Lappas providing analysis and Jamie Erdahl. Fan can find CBS Sports Network by visiting their local listings or by checking here.
Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
UConn enters Sunday’s game with a 20-8 overall mark and 10-5 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Huskies stand in a tie with Cincinnati for fourth place in the latest league standings.
UConn has won three of its last four games. Only a 65-60 loss at Cincinnati on Feb. 20 prevents a longer streak.
In its last game, UConn enjoyed an 81-51 win over USF on Thursday night in Tampa, Fla. The Huskies jumped out to a 28-13 lead at halftime and poured in 53 second-half points in the win.
Against USF, junior guard Rodney Purvis came off the bench to lead the Huskies with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Senior forward Shonn Miller added 16 points with a team-high seven rebounds, while freshman guard Jalen Adams added 12 points. Junior center Amida Brimah finished with 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks in the win.
This season, Purvis and Miller lead four Huskies in double figures with 13.2 points per game. Sterling Gibbs ranks third on the team with 12.1 points per game, while freshman Daniel Hamilton ranks fourth with 11.3 points per game but leads the Huskies with 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists per contest.
Head Coach Kevin Ollie is in his fourth year at UConn and as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 92-41 record during his career, including a 2-2 mark against Houston.
Following Sunday’s game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to close out their 2015-16 regular-season schedule. Houston plays host to Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Thursday.
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.
AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS
All-Session passes for the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship are now on sale. The league’s annual postseason event will be held March 10-13 inside the Amway Center in Orlando.
All-Session passes begin at $175 for every game of the tournament. Fans can purchase All-Session passes to the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship by clicking here.
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.
Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.