Nov. 6, 2013
|TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (0-0 0-0 SBC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 0-0 American)
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479)
|Television||ESPN3 Watch Live
Brett Dolan, PxP
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History|| Houston leads 11-2 all-time
Houston won last 94-71
(Dec. 30, 2011 Hofheinz Pavilion)
Houston leads 7-0 in Houston
|Game Notes||Houston Notes
Texas State Notes
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program begins its 69th season of competition at 8 p.m., Friday when it plays host to Texas State inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars return nine lettermen and three starters from last year's squad, which finished 20-13 for the program's first 20-win season since 2009.
Friday's game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston Women's Basketball team, which faces Mississippi State at 5:30 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans who purchase tickets to one game may attend both games at no extra cost. For more ticket information, click here.
In their most recent action, the Cougars overcame a slow start to take an 81-63 win against city-rival St. Thomas on Tuesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas showed why he was a Preseason American Athletic Conference Second-Team honoree, leading all players with 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots against the Celts. The Killeen, Texas, native connected on 6-of-10 shots from the field, scoring 14 of his points in the second half.
Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers posted 14 points, thanks to 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc, while senior guard Brandon Morris came off the bench to score 11 points with three treys of his own. Making his Houston debut, sophomore guard L.J. Rose scored four points with three rebounds and led all players with nine assists.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $195, while Reserved season tickets start at only $280. Families can purchase the Memorial Hermann Family Fun Plan of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets for only $399.
Fans also can purchase season tickets by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
Fans should remember that purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets will help their standing in the Cougar Pride Priority Point System, which determines seating priority in the new Houston Football Stadium when it opens in August 2014. Fans receive two Priority Points per sport per account when purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets, and every Priority Point improves each fan's ranking in the System.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch Friday's game live on ESPN3 by clicking here. It will be the first of 28 televised games for the Cougars this season. Brett Dolan will call the play-by-play action with Daymeon Fishback providing analysis.
Fans can hear the game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis.
Fans also can hear the game with a paid subscription to Cougar All-Access by clicking here. Due to the ESPN broadcasts, Cougar All-Access will not provide a video stream for the entire season.
SEASON OPENER HISTORY
During their history, the Cougars have posted a 48-20 all-time record in season openers, including wins in eight of their last nine. Only a 65-63 setback to Georgia Southern on Nov. 10, 2008, during the first day of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., prevents a longer winning streak.
In addition, Houston has won each of its last seven season openers when played inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars' last loss in a season opener at home was a 65-51 decision vs. East Tennessee State on Nov. 21, 2003.
ABOUT TEXAS STATE
Like the Cougars, Friday's game will be Texas State's season opener. A year ago, the Bobcats finished 12-22 overall and placed seventh in the Western Athletic Conference with a 5-13 mark.
On Monday, the Bobcats claimed an 81-53 exhibition win against Sul Ross State in Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, Texas. Forward Emani Gant and Kavin Tilbury each posted 13 points to lead a balanced scoring attack that saw five players reach double digits. Joel Wright and Gordon Ball recorded 12 points apiece, while Phil Hawkins added 10 points with Wright's 13 rebounds leading all players.
Texas State is competing in its first year as a Sun Belt Conference member in 2013-14.
Head coach Danny Kaspar is in his first year at Texas State He previously served as head coach at Stephen F. Austin, where he posted a 246-141 record from 2000 to 2013.
Kaspar, who is a 1978 graduate of North Texas, also served as head coach at Incarnate Word (1991-00). This will be the first time his teams have faced Houston.
Following Friday's game, the Cougars hit the road for the first time to meet Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m., Monday, inside UTPA Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas.