Men's Basketball on the Road to Face Arkansas on Friday

Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas

Nov. 16, 2011

 Time  7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
 Location  Verizon Arena (18,000) • North Little Rock, Ark.
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Brett Dolan, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
 Television  ESPN3.com
 FOX Sports Net
 Pete Pranica, PxP; Daymeon Fishback, analyst
 Series History  Arkansas leads 21-16
 Last Time  Arkansas won 81-74 • Feb. 7, 1991
 Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks for its third straight win to open the season at 7 p.m., Friday, when it meets Arkansas inside the Verizon Arena.

This will be the first time since 1991 that these two former Southwest Conference rivals have met on the hardwood.

The Cougars enter Friday's game on the heels of an 84-71 home win against Utah Valley on Monday. With that victory, Houston improved to 2-0 for the second straight season under head coach James Dickey.

Against the Wolverines, sophomore forward Alandise Harris (20 points), redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young (19) and junior forward Kirk Van Slyke (18) each posted career highs. Harris also finished the game with a team-high nine rebounds, while Van Slyke took advantage of a 10-of-11 performance from the free throw line.

Friday's game will be a homecoming for two Cougars. Sophomore forward Alandise Harris is a Little Rock native and product of Central High.

Dickey is a native of Valley Springs, Ark., received his bachelor's degree from Central Arkansas in 1976 and his master's degree from Harding University in 1977. As a coach, he served as assistant coach at Harding University (1976-77), as head coach at Harding Academy (HS) (1977-79) and as assistant coach at Central Arkansas (1979-81) and with the Razorbacks (1981-85).

His wife, the former Bettye Fiscus, remains the Arkansas women's basketball team's all-time leading scorer with 2,073 points and was the first female student-athlete to be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor.

Fans can see Friday's game on FOX Sports Net by checking their local listings. Pete Pranica will handle the play-by-play duties with Daymeon Fishback providing analysis on the television broadcast.

The game also can be seen on the Internet on ESPN3.com or by clicking here.

Fans can hear Friday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. Fans can hear the audio stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Arkansas owns a 21-16 lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1975-76 season. The two teams played at least twice every season from 1975-76 to 1990-91 as members of the Southwest Conference.

The Razorbacks have won the last seven games. Houston has not defeated the Hogs since an 82-77 win on March 3, 1988, in Hofheinz Pavilion.

Arkansas brings a 1-0 record into Friday's game following an 83-63 home win against USC Upstate on Nov. 11. It was the team's season opener.

Against USC Upstate, forward Marshawn Powell led all players with 19 points and added five rebounds in 19 minutes. Guard Rickey Scott finished with 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Julysses Nobles topped the Hogs with four assists.

Head coach Mike Anderson is in his first year at Arkansas and posted a 1-0 record at the school during that time. Anderson is in his 10th season as a head coach and has a 201-98 career mark. He previously served as the head coach at UAB (2002-06) and Missouri (2006-11).

Anderson, who is a 1982 graduate of Tulsa, is 5-0 against the Cougars during his career with all of those previous meetings coming during his tenure at UAB.

Following Friday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for their final three games of the month. The homestand starts at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, when the team faces Oakland. That contest will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's team, which plays host to Oral Roberts at 5 p.m.

From there, the Cougars play host to TCU (Nov. 26) and LSU (Nov. 29).

Season tickets are now available at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. General admission season tickets begin as low as $135, while reserved seating season tickets start as low as $195.

Families also will enjoy the Family Fun Plan. For only $299, families receive two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets in the Family Fun Plan can be purchased for $75 each.

In the Satisfaction Guaranteed plan, fans who purchase men's season tickets by Nov. 30 and are not satisfied with their game-day experience can return their remaining tickets by Feb. 1 and receive a full refund.

Fans can order their season tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by visiting the Tickets link here.



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