Men's Basketball Ready to Face LSU on Tuesday Night

Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young

Nov. 27, 2011

 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Time  7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
 Television  No video streaming due to TV broadcast
 CBS Sports Network
 Tom McCarthy, PxP; Steve Lappas, analyst
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  Houston leads 9-6
 Last Time  LSU won 73-57 • Nov. 30, 2010
 Maravich Assembly Center • Baton Rouge, La.
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to LSU at 7 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars hope to end a two-game losing streak when they face the Tigers. Houston dropped a pair of home contests to Oakland and TCU last week by a combined three points.

In their most recent game, freshman point guard J.J. Thompson raced the length of the court following a missed free throw and laid it up and in with only 6.8 seconds left to give the Cougars an 80-79 lead against TCU on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

However, TCU's J.R. Cadot followed his own missed shot and threw up a desperation attempt over his shoulder as time expired to give the Horned Frogs the improbable win.

The loss spoiled a valiant comeback by the Cougars, who trailed by eight points with only 66 seconds left by rallied to take the lead on Thompson's bucket. Sophomore forward Alandise Harris started the Cougar surge by blocking a TCU alley-oop attempt, and redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young buried a pair of 3-pointers during a 20-second stretch to pull the Cougars to within a point and set the stage of Thompson's heroics.

This season, Harris leads the Cougars with 17.8 points per game and ranks third in Conference USA with that total. The Little Rock native also tops the league by a wide margin in field goal percentage, hitting 69.2 percent of his shots.

Junior forward Kirk Van Slyke ranks second on the team with 15.0 points per game and is one of only three players to rank among the league's top-11 leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Woodlands, Texas, native also ranks second in C-USA with a 95.5 free throw percentage.

Young ranks second in the league with 5.2 assists per contest and is tied for fifth with 2.2 treys per contest.

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.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas providing analysis. Fans should note that Tuesday's game will NOT be heard or seen on Cougar All-Access due to the CBS Sports Network.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

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 clicking the Tickets link above.

The Cougars own a 9-6 lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1961-62 season. Houston has won three of the last four games, but LSU can boast of the most recent success after taking a 73-57 win on Nov. 30, 2010, in Baton Rouge, La.

Houston is 6-3 all-time against the Tigers in Houston. The Cougars have won each of the last two meetings inside Hofheinz Pavilion against the Tigers. The last LSU win in Houston was a 73-69 decision on Dec. 20, 2001.

LSU brings a 3-3 record into Tuesday's game following a 79-75 home loss in overtime to South Alabama on Wednesday. That loss snapped the Tigers' two-game winning streak.

Against South Alabama, guard Andre Stringer led four Tigers in double digits with 20 points and three 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting. Guard Ralston Turner added 13 points and three treys, while guard Anthony Hickey added 12 points and a pair of treys. Center Justin Hamilton finished with 11 points, while Johnny O'Bryant III came off the bench to snare a team-high eight rebounds.

This season, Hickey leads LSU with 13.2 points and 4.3 assists per game. Stringer ranks second on the team with 11.8 points per game, while Hamilton ranks third with 11.2 points per contest. Turner averages 11.0 points per game with O'Bryant's 6.3 rebounding average topping the Tigers.

Head coach Trent Johnson is in his fourth year at LSU and has posted a 52-52 record during that time. He is in his 13th year overall as a head coach and has posted a 211-174 record during that time. Johnson previously served as head coach at Nevada (1999-04) and Stanford (2004-08).

Johnson, a 1986 graduate of Boise State, has posted a 1-0 record against Houston during his career

The Cougars open the month at 7 p.m., Saturday, when they meet Texas A&M-Corpus Christi inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be part of a busy day around the Houston Athletics Complex as the Cougar Football team meets No. 23 Southern Miss at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Robertson Stadium during the Conference USA Championship Game.

From there, the team hits to San Marcos, Texas, for its first true road game of the season. The Cougars meet Texas State at 6 p.m., Dec. 6.



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