|HOUSTON COUGARS (5-0 0-0 American)
at LSU TIGERS (4-2 0-0 SEC)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Dave Neal, play-by-play
Antoine Walker, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Winners of each of its first five games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program competes in its first true road game of the season when it takes on LSU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Cougars, who are one of only 25 unbeaten teams nationally, won four games last week during a six-day stretch. Houston won three straight games at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., capped by a 72-71 thriller against Vermont on Wednesday to give the Cougars their first regular-season tournament title since 1991.
On Saturday, the Cougars roared out to a 26-2 lead in the first 13 minutes and never looked back in an 83-53 win over Cornell inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the first meeting between the two teams.
This marks the second straight season in which the Cougars have started 5-0 under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. However, it is only the 10th time in school history that Houston has accomplished that start. Sampson joins Houston Hall of Fame Coach Guy V. Lewis as the only coaches in UH history with multiple 5-0 starts with the Cougars during their careers.
This season, junior guard Rob Gray leads the Cougars and ranks fifth in the league with 18.8 points per game. Senior guard and Preseason All-Conference First-Team selection Damyean Dotson ranks second with 13.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while junior forward Devin Davis is nearly averaging a double-double with 12.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 6.6 assists per game and stands 15th nationally with that total. The Houston native and Westbury Christian product had dished out at least six assists in all but one game this season, including a career-high-tying 10 in the Cougars' 93-56 win over George Mason at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Nov. 21.
Fans can watch Tuesday's game on SEC Network with Dave Neal calling the play-by-play action and Antoine Walker providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can listen to Tuesday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online. The pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m.
Entering Tuesdays game, LSU has posted a 4-2 overall record this season.
In their most recent action, the Tigers lost two of three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday-Friday in the Bahamas... LSU lost 82-47 to Wichita State on Wednesday, knocked off Old Dominion 66-60 on Thursday and fell to VCU on 85-74 on Friday in its tournament finale.
Against VCU, freshman guard Skylar Mays and sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney each totaled 14 points, while junior forward Duop Reath added 13 points with five rebounds, but it would not be enough against the Rams.
This season, Reath leads the Tigers with 15.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game... Blakeney stands second with 14.3 points per contest, while sophomore guard Brandon Sampson is third among the Tigers with 11.0 points per game... Mays and junior guard Jalyn Patterson are tied for the team lead with 3.3 assists per contest. Head Coach: Johnny Jones is in his fifth year at LSU and in his 17th year as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 289-212 career record and is 84-56 during his LSU tenure.
Jones is 1-5 against Houston during his career... That includes a 1-1 mark with Memphis (1999-00), an 0-3 mark with North Texas (2001-12) and an 0-1 mark with LSU (2012 - present).
Jones is 0-1 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during his career following the Cougars' 105-98 overtime win in Houston a year ago.
1985 graduate of LSU.
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to open the month of December inside Hofheinz Pavilion with a 4 p.m., Saturday, showdown against Prairie View A&M.
From there, the Cougars hit the road again to meet their second SEC opponent of the season with a 6 p.m., Dec. 6 showdown at Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
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