Men's Basketball Faces Tulane on Wednesday

March 3, 2015

HOUSTON COUGARS (10-18 • 2-14 American)
at TULANE GREEN WAVE (14-14 • 5-11 American)
Time 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600) • New Orleans
Television ESPNews WatchESPN
   Adnan Virk (PxP)
   Mo Cassara (analyst)
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Tulane leads 16-15
Tulane won last 68-65
      Hofheinz Pavilion (Jan. 17, 2015)

Tulane leads 9-5 in New Orleans
Houston won last in New Orleans, 96-94
   (March 9, 2014)
Game Notes Houston Notes
Tulane Notes
The American Notes
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NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off a dominating win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program begins the final week of the regular season with a 7 p.m., showdown Wednesday against American Athletic Conference rival Tulane inside Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Cougars enter this week's regular-season road finale on the heels of an impressive 72-55 win over USF on Sunday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Against the Green Wave, junior forward Devonta Pollard led the way for the Cougars with 18 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high-tying five steals for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season.

Career highs were part of the day for the Cougars against the Bulls. Junior guard LeRon Barnes tied his career high with 15 points, while freshman guard Wes Van Beck posted a personal-best 12 points after sinking all four tries from behind the 3-point line.

The Cougars outrebounded USF 37-26, including 17 off the offensive glass, but numbers like that should be nothing new for Houston fans. Houston ranks second in the league with 12.9 offensive rebounds per game and trails league leader Memphis by only .0037 percentage points for the conference lead.

This season, Stiggers leads the Cougars and ranks fifth in the league with 13.9 points per game. The Terrell, Texas, native recently became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history and ranks 14th nationally with 3.1 3-pointers made per game.

Pollard stands second on the team with 11.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Danrad Knowles ranks third with 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Both are ranked among the American Athletic Conference top-21 leaders in each category, making Houston the only team in the league with two players in that group.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Wednesday's game on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

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.

ESPNews Logo Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPNews with Adnan Virk calling the play-by-play action and Mo Cassara 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.

Up Next East Carolina graphic (2014-15) UP NEXT
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars close out their regular-season schedule when they meet East Carolina at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Fans should note the 3 p.m., starting time as it was recently changed from the original schedule to accommodate the television broadcast.

Forward Mikhail McLean and student managers Cason Broers and Mario Villegas will be honored in pregame ceremonies as part of Senior Day. Fans will want to be in their seats by 2:45 p.m., Sunday, as the Cougars recognize these young men for their years of dedication to the program.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets 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.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tulane logo ABOUT TULANE
Tulane enters Wednesday's game with a 14-14 overall mark. The Green Wave are 5-11 in the American Athletic Conference to rank eighth in the latest league standings.

In its most recent action, Tulane dropped a 63-47 decision to Cincinnati in New Orleans on Saturday. It was the Green Wave's fourth straight loss and ninth in their last 10 games.

Against Cincinnati, Tulane fell behind 30-16 at the break and never led in the game. The Green Wave were outrebounded 40-26 and saw the Bearcats hit 47.2 percent from the field to only 34.8 percent for Tulane.

Guard Louis Dabney led all players with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while guard Jay Hook totaled 12 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Jonathan Stark dished out a game-high seven assists without a turnover in the loss.

This season, Dabney leads Tulane with 13.8 points per game, while Hook ranks second with 11.0 points per contest. Stark stands third with 10.8 points per contest and leads the Green Wave with 4.3 assists per game. Tre Drye paces the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. Head coach Ed Conroy is in his fifth year at Tulane, posting a 79-79 record during that time. In more than 12 years as a collegiate head coach, he has assembled a 169-195 career record.

Conroy previously served as head coach at his alma mater, The Citadel (2006-10, 49-76 record) and Francis Marion (1997-00, 41-40 record). He has posted a 4-4 record against Houston during his career, including a 4-3 mark as Tulane's head coach.

Wednesday's game will be the finale of two regular-season meetings between the teams. Tulane claimed a 68-65 win on Jan. 17 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

This marks the 18th time in the last 19 years that these two teams have met on the hardwood. The teams competed regularly from 1996-97 to 2012-13 as Conference USA members. However, this is the first season the teams have competed as American Athletic Conference rivals.

With its win earlier this season, Tulane leads the series 16-15 with both teams alternating wins and losses in the last five meetings. The Green Wave have won two of the last three games in the series with the last Houston win coming with a 96-94 victory on March 9, 2013, in New Orleans.

The series dates back to Dec. 11, 1946, a 62-49 Tulane win in New Orleans

Tulane owns a 9-5 lead against the Cougars in New Orleans and has won three of the last four meetings in the Big Easy. However, Houston can boast of the most recent success with a 96-94 win on March 9, 2013.

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