Men's Basketball Ready to Face Stanford on Monday

Nov. 23, 2013


STANFORD CARDINAL (4-1 • 0-0 Pac-12)
vs. HOUSTON COUGARS (5-0 • 0-0 American)
Location Barclays Center (17,732) • Brooklyn, N.Y.
Television ESPN2 / Watch ESPN
Ryan Ruocco, PxP
Kara Lawson, analyst
Radio 950 AM KPRC • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History • Houston leads 2-1
• Stanford won last 93-86
    (NIT • March 13, 1991 • Palo Alto, Calif.)
• First meeting at neutral site
Game Notes Houston Notes
Stanford Notes
The American Notes
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Traveling out of state for the first time this season, the University of Houston Men's Basketball programs takes on Stanford at 8:30 p.m. (CST), Monday, during the Progressive Legends Classic Championship Rounds inside Barclays Center.

The Cougars put their 5-0 mark on the line against the Cardinal on Monday and look to move to 6-0 for the first time since 1997-98. Houston is 1-0 on the road this season with a 77-65 win at Texas-Pan American on Nov. 11.

Houston enjoyed tremendous success in the Regional Round of the Progressive Legends Classic, knocking off Lehigh 80-66 on Nov. 17 and following that with a 75-62 victory against Howard on Nov. 21 with both of those games inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

In both contests, the Cougars used an outstanding defensive effort to lead the charge. Houston has posted 26 blocks in its last two games, including a season-high 14 in the victory against Lehigh. It was the highest single-game total by any Houston team since the 1982-83 season.

Junior forward and Preseason American Athletic Conference Second-Team honoree TaShawn Thomas had led the way for Houston with a career-high seven blocked shots in each of the last two games. Against Howard, the Killeen, Texas, native flirted with the first triple-double since 1993, posting 11 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Thomas also looks to add his names to the records book in Brooklyn. With a combined 36 points in his next two games, he will move past 1,000 points during his Houston career, becoming only the 43rd player in school history to reach that milestone.

However, those numbers have been nothing new for Thomas. This season, he ranks second on the Cougars with 16.8 points per game and tops the Cougars and The American with 11.6 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. He is the only player to rank among the league's top-7 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Sophomore guard Danuel House leads the Cougars and stands fourth in the league with 17.8 points per game, making the Cougars the only team in The American with two top-7 scorers. The Sugar Land, Texas, native has posted 20-point games in each of the last two contests to boost his scoring total for the year.

Competing in his first season with the Cougars, sophomore point guard L.J. Rose leads the team with 5.6 assists per contest and ranks second in the league with that total. The Houston native also ranks fourth in The American with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Fans can watch Monday's game live on ESPN2 or online by clicking here. It will be one of 28 televised games for the Cougars this season. Ryan Ruocco will call the play-by-play action with Kara Lawson providing analysis.

Fans can hear the game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action. 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 video streams for televised games for the entire season.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

Stanford enters Monday's game with a 4-1 overall record as winners of each of its last three games. In its most recent game, Stanford enjoyed a 97-71 home win against Texas Southern on Thursday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Against the Tigers, guard Anthony Brown led five players in double digits with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Josh Huestis added 18 points with six boards, while guard Chasson Randle totaled 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Aaron Bright came off the bench to post 12 points and a game-high six assists, while forward Dwight Powell added 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the win.

This season, Randle leads five Cardinal players in double digits with 21.8 points per game. Brown stands second on the team with 15.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while Powell adds 14.4 points per game. Huestis stands fourth with 11.2 points per game but leads Stanford with 7.8 boards per contest.

Head coach Johnny Dawkins is in his sixth year at Stanford and overall and compiled a 98-76 record during that time. Monday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.

Following Monday's game, the Cougars will face the winner of the Texas Tech-Pittsburgh game during the final day of the Progressive Legends Classic on Tuesday. The Cougars' specific opponent and game time will be determined by Monday's results.

From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m., Nov. 30.

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.

Mini-plans also are on sale now. In the Conference Mini-Plan, fans can buy tickets to all nine American Athletic Conference home games, including defending national champion Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and UConn, with General Admission seating starting at $120 and Reserved Seating selling for $165.

With the 6-Pack, fans receive tickets for all four weekend home conference games against Rutgers, SMU, Temple and UCF, the Feb. 5 showdown against Louisville and a choice of the UConn, Cincinnati or Memphis games with General Admission seating for only $80 and Reserved Seating for $110.

Fans can purchase season tickets or mini-plans 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 cougarpride@uh.edu. 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.



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