Men's Basketball Ready to Face Oakland on Tuesday
Nov. 20, 2011
HOUSTON - Fresh off an impressive road win, the University of Houston men's basketball team looks to continue its hot start when it plays host to Oakland at approximately 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Tuesday's starting time is an estimate. The Cougars' showdown will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's team, which faces Oral Roberts at 5 p.m., Tuesday. Conference USA rules require 30 minutes between games during a twinbill.
The Cougars enter Tuesday's game following an 87-78 win against Arkansas in Little Rock on Friday. Houston used a 23-6 early in the second half to build a big lead and stopped multiple Arkansas rallies to end a seven-game losing streak to their former Southwest Conference rival.
With that victory, Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006-07. Houston has not won its first four games to open a season since the 1997-98 campaign.
Against the Hogs, junior forward Kirk Van Slyke came off the bench to pour in a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in only 19 minutes. It was the second straight game that The Woodlands, Texas, native posted a personal best.
Sophomore forward Alandise Harris, returning to his hometown, added 18 points with six rebounds and threw down a missed layup with only 100 seconds remaining to give the Cougars an 8-point lead. That dunk was named ESPN SportsCenter's No. 1 Play of the Day for Nov. 18.
This season, Harris leads the Cougars with 17.3 points per game, while redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young ranks second at 14.7. Van Slyke is a close third at 14.3, and junior forward Jonathon Simmons adds 11.7 points per game.
Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas, the Conference USA Freshman of the Week for Nov. 14, tops the Cougars with 8.7 rebounds per game and adds 9.7 points per contest.
ON THE AIR Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis.
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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 clicking the Tickets link above.
SERIES HISTORY vs. OAKLAND
Against GSU, guard Travis Bader led the team with 17 points and four 3-pointers, while center Corey Petros added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Forward Reggie Hamilton posted 12 points, while guard Drew Valentine recorded eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
This season, Bader leads the team with 15.7 points per game, while Hamilton ranks second at 13.0. Valentine adds 10.7 points and 87 rebounds per game with Petros' 10.7 rebounding average leading the team.
Head coach Greg Kampe is in his 28th year at Oakland and overall. He has posted a 471-335 record during that time. Tuesday's game will be the first time that Kampe has faced Houston.
From there, the team plays host to LSU at 7 p.m., Nov. 29, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.