Men's Basketball Opens Season vs. PVAMU

Nov. 16, 2015

at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 • 0-0 American)
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Time 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3 WatchESPN
   Dave Raymond, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 3-2
• First meeting since Dec. 29, 2012
• Houston won two of last three
Houston won last 80-75
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Dec. 29, 2012)
Houston leads 2-1 in Hofheinz Pavilion
Game Notes Houston Notes
Prairie View A&M Notes
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HOUSTON - Fresh off a dominating exhibition win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program tips off its 2015-16 season at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to Prairie View A&M inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars enter Wednesday's opener on the heels of an impressive 95-65 win over Montana Tech on Friday in their home arena. Houston shot nearly 50 percent from the field and forced 20 Oredigger turnovers with only nine giveaways of its own against the school at which Head Coach Kelvin Sampson began his career.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard and junior guard Rob Gray, Jr., led the way for the Cougars with 15 points apiece, while senior guard LeRon Barnes and freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., each posted 12 points.

Junior guard and Jack Yates High product Damyean Dotson led all players with 15 rebounds -- including 11 in the first half -- and scored nine points with five assists and only one turnover in 28 minutes.

Junior forward Xavier Dupree came off the bench to swat five Oredigger shots to help lead a Houston defense that limited Montana Tech to only 35.5 percent from the field.

Houston has posted a 50-20 all-time record during its season openers. The Cougars have won their last six and 10 of their last 11 season openers. 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.

A year ago, the Cougars enjoyed a 77-74 win over Murray State in Murray, Ky., on Nov. 14, 2014, in the first game of the Kelvin Sampson era.

Sampson has enjoyed a 20-2 all-time record in season openers. Sampson's game-by-game records at Montana Tech (1981-85) are not available.

In season openers, Sampson is 1-0 during his Houston tenure and posted a 2-0 record at Indiana, an 11-1 mark at Oklahoma and was 6-1 at Washington State. He enters Wednesday's game against Prairie View A&M as the winning coach in his last six season openers and 19 of his last 20... Only a 68-62 loss to Alabama at the AT&T Wireless Classic in New York on Nov. 14, 2002, prevents a longer streak.

During his career, Sampson's team's have won by an average of 21.5 points per game.

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Fans can hear Wednesday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

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.

2014-15 ESPN3 logo Fans can watch Wednesday's Men's Basketball game live on ESPN3 with Dave Raymond calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys 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.

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.

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.

Fans should note that single-game tickets for the Cougars' Dec. 13 showdown against LSU inside Hofheinz Pavilion will not be available.

Instead, fans can purchase tickets for the LSU game as part of a 3-Point Pack, which includes a ticket to the LSU game and tickets to two other Houston home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack 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.

Prairie View A&M enters this week's game after dropping a 75-50 decision at VCU on Saturday in Richmond, Va., during the first leg of the 2K Sports Classic. The Panthers were limited to 25 percent shooting in the first half and trailed 46-22 at the break.

Zachary Hamilton led the Panthers with 13 points, eight rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers, while Karim York added 12 points.

Head Coach Byron Rimm II is in his 10th year as head coach at Prairie View A&M. He has posted a 161-214 record during that time, including a 1-2 mark against the Cougars. Rimm previously compiled a 47-39 record at Jarvis Christian from 2002 to 2005.

Friday's game marks the first time since Dec. 29, 2012, that the Cougars will face Prairie View A&M. Houston owns a 3-2 lead in the all-time series, which began on Jan. 17, 2002, at Prairie View A&M with a 99-83 Houston win.

The two teams have alternated wins and losses since that first game with neither squad winning consecutive games.

Houston is 2-1 against the Panthers inside Hofheinz Pavilion with the Cougars winning their last two meetings against the Panthers inside their home venue.

This will be the first meeting in Houston since an 80-75 Cougar win on Dec. 29, 2012.

Prairie View A&M's lone win in Houston was a 78-75 victory on Nov. 23, 2002, in its first trip to Hofheinz Pavilion.

Following Wednesday's opener, the Cougars continue their five-game homestand to open the year when they play host to Florida A&M at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

That game can be heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. Dave Raymond provides play-by-play, and Houston great Reid Gettys offers analysis on the ESPN3 broadcast.

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.



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