|RV/NR CINCINNATI BEARCATS (21-8 • 11-5 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (21-8 • 11-6 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Tickets||BUY Tickets • Tickets Info|
|Time||8 p.m. • Thursday, March 3, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas|
|Television||CBS Sports Network • Channel Finder
Carter Blackburn, PxP
Pete Gillen, PxP
Cassie McKinney, sidelines
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 7:45 p.m.
|Series History||Cincinnati leads 27-1
• Cincinnati won last 15
• Third straight season teams play
• Cincinnati won last, 70-59
Jan. 13, 2016 (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati leads 13-1 in Houston
• Cincinnati won last in Houston, 63-53
Feb. 21, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Cincinnati Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program closes out its 2015-16 regular season when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans will want to be in their seats early as the Cougars recognize four student-athletes during Senior Night. Guards LeRon Barnes, L.J. Rose and Eric Weary, Jr., and forward Devonta Pollard will be honored at 7:40 p.m., Thursday, on Guy V. Lewis Court.
The Cougars, who are winners of eight of their last 10 games, are looking to move higher in the American Athletic Conference standings with the American Championship starting March 11 inside Amway Center in Orlando. Houston remains alive for a share of the regular-season championship and could compete as the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament.
With a 21-8 overall record and 11-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play, 2015-16 Cougars are the 20th team in school history to record 21+ wins in a season. The team’s 11 conference wins to date tie for the fifth most in Houston history while its six road wins in league play is the most since 1989-90 and ties as the third-highest single-season total.
Houston enters its regular-season finale after an impressive 75-68 win at UConn on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Damyean Dotson led all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season and is one of only three players to rank among the league’s top-12 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
With only one week left in the regular season, sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., continues to lead the league and the Cougars with 16.4 points per game. The Cougars have not had a conference scoring champion since guard Aubrey Coleman led Houston, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game in 2009-10.
Junior forward Devonta Pollard ranks second on the team with 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and recently scored a career- and Houston-season-high 34 points in a win against Memphis inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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 7:45 p.m., Thursday.
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 Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Cassie McKinney reporting from the sidelines. 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.
Cincinnati enters Thursday’s game with a 21-8 overall mark and 11-5 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Bearcats stand in third place in the latest league standings.
Cincinnati has won four of its last five games and eight of its last 10 games. Cincinnati’s last loss was a 70-68 setback in overtime at Tulsa on Feb. 8.
In its last game, Cincinnati claimed a 65-56 win at East Carolina on Saturday. The Bearcats limited ECU to 37.1 percent (20-of-53) from the field and committed only seven turnovers while outrebounding the Pirates 38-31.
Against East Carolina, junior guard Troy Caupain led all players with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from the 3-point line, and added three rebounds with four assists. Freshman guard Jacob Evans totaled 18 points with seven rebounds, while senior forward Octavius Ellis posted 10 points with game highs of 14 rebounds and three blocks.
This season, Caupain leads the Bearcats with 12.1 points and 4.8 assists per game. Sophomore forward Gary Clark stands second on the team with 10.9 points per game but leads Cincinnati with 8.7 rebounds per contest... Senior guard Farad Cobb ranks third with 10.8 points per game.
Head Coach Mick Cronin is in his 10th year at Cincinnati and his 13th as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 206-126 record during his Cincinnati career and is 275-150 overall.
Cronin previously built a 69-24 record at Murray State (2003-06).
He is 5-0 against Houston during his career with all five previous meetings coming during his time at Houston.
Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars head into the postseason with the American Conference Championship Quarterfinals on Friday, March 11, inside Amway Center in Orlando.
Houston’s Quarterfinal opponent and game time will be announced with the completion of the regular-season standings this weekend. The Cougars could play anywhere from the No. 2 to the No. 5 seed at the league’s annual postseason event.
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.