March 6, 2014
|HOUSTON COUGARS (16-14 8-9 American)
at UCF KNIGHTS (11-17 3-14 American)
|Time||6 p.m. (CST) / 7 p.m. (EST)|
|Location||CFE Arena (9,993) Orlando, Fla.|
|Television||CBS Sports Network Channel Finder
Ron Pitts, PxP
Bob Wenzel, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Series History|| Houston leads 9-6
UCF won two of last three
Houston won last 88-84
Hofheinz Pavilion Feb. 22, 2014
Series tied 3-3 in Orlando
UCF won last two in Orlando
UCF won last 74-63 (OT) in Orlando
CFE Arena Jan. 11, 2012
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
ORLANDO - As the University of Houston Men's Basketball program prepares for its regular-season finale, the Cougars look to continue their winning ways when they face American Athletic Conference rival UCF at 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST) Friday, inside CFE Arena.
The Cougars have won their last four games to clinch a First-Round bye and the No. 6 seed at next week's American Athletic Conference Championship in Memphis. It's the team's longest winning streak of the season since a five-game streak to open the year.
Houston looks to sweep the regular-season series against UCF. The Cougars enjoyed an 88-84 victory on Feb. 22 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a 78-69 win against USF. Against the Knights, sophomore guard Danuel House led Houston with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while sophomore point guard L.J. Rose added 16 points with five assists in the win.
This season, House ranks second among the Cougars with 13.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game despite missing six weeks following knee surgery in early December.
Rose leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 5.4 assists per game, while TaShawn Thomas paces Houston with 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers has been a steady long-range threat for the Cougars in recent games. The Terrell, Texas, native, who ranks third on the team with 10.6 points per game, has drained a 3-pointer in eight consecutive games, including six games in that span with at least two treys. Stiggers is converting 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from behind the arc in his last eight games.
Friday's game will be the end of a busy stretch for the Cougars , who played their final four regular-season games over an eight-day span.
ON THE AIR
Friday's game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with Ron Pitts calling the play-by-play action and Bob Wenzel providing analysis. Fan can find CBS Sports Network in their viewing area by clicking here. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.
Fans can hear Friday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play. The pregame show will start at 5:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (EST) Friday.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
UCF enters Friday's game with an 11-17 overall record and 3-14 mark in The American. The Knights stand in a tie for eighth with USF and Temple in the latest league standings. UCF has lost its last two and four of its last five games.
In its most recent outing, UCF dropped an 86-78 decision in overtime at Temple on Tuesday night. Against the Owls, guard Calvin Newell led the Knights with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting and added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Forward Kasey Wilson added 14 points with a game-high seven rebounds, while Matt Williams came off the bench to post 11 points with six boards.
This season, Isaiah Sykes leads the Knights with 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. However, he sat out the Temple game with a foot injury. Tristan Spurlock ranks second on the team with 11.1 points per game and is averaging 5.5 rebounds per contest, while Newell stands third with 10.1 points per game
Head coach Donnie Jones is in his fourth year at UCF and his seventh season overall as a head coach. He has posted a 56-62 record at UCF and assembled a 108-92 overall career mark.
Jones previously served as head coach at Marshall (2007-10). He has posted 3-4 record against Houston during his career and is 2-2 against the Cougars during his UCF tenure.
Following Friday's game, the Cougars head to Memphis to compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship inside FedExForum. The Cougars' seeding, game time and date and first opponent will be announced once the regular-season standings and seeding are finalized.
Good seats for the American Athletic Conference Championship are still available with front row seats available in sections 209 and 226 and additional seating available in sections 207 and 223. Fans can view a seating chart of FedExForum by clicking here.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fans also can call 713-462-6647 or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.