Houston on the Road to Face SMU

Feb. 27, 2018


#25/rv HOUSTON COUGARS (22-6 • 12-4 American)
at SMU MUSTANGSs (16-13 • 6-10 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 8 p.m. • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Location H&PE Arena (8,998) • Dallas
Television ESPN2
Kevin Brown, play-by-play
John Thompson III, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m.
Live Scoring GameTracker
Game Notes Houston Notes
SMU Notes
The American Notes
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DALLAS -- Coming off one of the most dominant wins in school history, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action when it meets American Athletic Conference rival SMU at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside Moody Coliseum.

Winners of eight of their last 10 games and ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press poll, the Cougars enter their regular-season road finale following a 109-58 win over ECU on Sunday inside H&PE Arena.

The Cougars used a 35-4 run early to break open a close game and eventually built a 62-13 lead by halftime against the Pirates. It was the first time Houston scored 60+ points in a half since November 2005 and the fewest points since set a school record by allowing only 12 at UConn in a 62-46 win on Dec. 28, 2016.

The Cougars set American Athletic Conference records with 109 points and a 51-point victory in a league game, tied the recorded for highest field goal percentage (66.7 percent) in a conference game and tied their own league record with 18 3-pointers made.

Senior guard Rob Gray -- who ranks fourth in the league with 17.7 points per games -- posted the first double-double of his career with 19 points and 11 assists. The Forest City, N.C., had accomplished that feat by halftime with 17 points and 10 assist in the first 20 minutes.

He joins SMU's Shake Milton as the only players to rank among The American's top-4 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Sophomore guard Armoni Brooks drained seven 3-pointers against SMU, while Corey Davis finished with four treys. The Cougar duo ranks among the nation's top-20 3-point field goal percentage leaders, making Houston the only team to accomplish that feat.

Junior guard Galen Robinson Jr. dished out seven assists in Sunday's win and now has 101 assists this season. He became only the seventh player in Houston history to record three 100-assist seasons during his career, joining Derrick Daniels, Alvin Franklin, Reid Gettys, Ken Ciolli, Lanny Smith and Rob Williams.

Fans can watch Wedneday's game live on ESPN2 with Kevin Brown calling the play-by-play action and John Thompson III providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans also can hear the game online by visiting UHCougars.com/allaccess and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

• SMU brings a 16-13 overall record and 6-10 mark in The American into Thursday's game.
• Mustangs stand in ninth in the latest American Athletic Conference standings.
• In its most recent action, SMU dropped an 84-78 decision to No. 13/12 Wichita State in Dallas on Saturday night.
• Against Wichita State, guard Jahmal McMurray led all players with 28 points and six 3-pointers... Guard Jimmy Whitt added 16 points with a game-high six assists, and guard Ben Emelogu topped the Mustangs with six rebounds.
• This season, Shake Milton leads the Mustangs with 18.0 points per game but has been sidelined recently with a hand injury... McMurray stands second with 14.7 points per contest... Jarrey Foster ranks third with 13.2 points per game and leads SMU with 5.9 rebounds per game but also has been sidelined with a shoulder injury... Whitt ranks fourth with 10.9 points per game and leads SMU with 3.6 assists per contest, while Emelogu is the fifth SMU player in double digits with 10.2 points per game.
• Head Coach Tim Jankovich is in his third season as head coach at SMU and his 12th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach
• Has compiled a 55-18 record at SMU and is 212-139 during his career... Previously built a 104-64 record at Illinois State (2007-12) and a 53-57 mark at North Texas (1993-97).
• Jankovich is 2-1 against Houston during his career with all three previous meetings coming during his SMU tenure.
• Jankovich has posted a 2-2 record against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers, including a 2-1 mark during Sampson's Houston and Jankovich's SMU tenures.
• 1982 graduate of Kansas State.
• Following Thursday's game, the Cougars wrap up the regular season when they celebrate Senior Day against UConn at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside H&PE Arena.
• Seniors Nura Zanna, Wes VanBeck, Devin Davis and Rob Gray will be recognized in pregame ceremonies... Fans should plan to be in their seats by 2:35 p.m., Sunday, as we honor these four outstanding young men.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

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