Men's Basketball Set to Face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Nov. 28, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to get back on the winning track this weekend when it plays host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (5-2) won their first five games to open the season before falling earlier this week in back-to-back games against Pac-12 member Stanford and Big 12 foe Texas Tech during the Progressive Legends Classic Championship Rounds inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In Houston's last outing, junior forward TaShawn Thomas posted 18 points with six rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals to lead the Cougars in a 76-64 loss to Texas Tech. After posting double-doubles in consecutive games against Lehigh, Howard and Stanford, the Killeen, Texas, native was named to the Progressive Legends Classic All-Tournament Team.
With 17.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game, Thomas is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to average a double-double for the season and is ranked among the league's top-five leaders in both categories.
Sophomore guard Danuel House is averaging 17.3 points per game to rank second among the Cougars and sixth in The American, making Houston the only team in the league with two scoring leaders to rank that high.
Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose has made an immediate impact in his first season with the Cougars, averaging 12.5 points per game and 5.5 assists per game to stand second in the league in the latter category.
Saturday will be a busy day for Houston Basketball inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In addition to the Men's game, the Houston Women's team plays host to the David Jones Memorial Classic earlier in the day.
In the first game of the day, Stephen F. Austin faces Prairie View A&M at noon, with the Houston Women's team squaring off against Kent State at 2:30 p.m., Saturday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch Monday's game live on ESPN3 by clicking here. It will be one of 28 televised games for the Cougars this season. Brett Dolan will call the play-by-play action with former Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis.
Fans can hear the game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. 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.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters Saturday's game with a 3-5 overall record and have lost each of their last three games.
In its most recent game, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi dropped a 63-61 decision to Central Michigan at home on Tuesday. Against the Chippewas, forward Zane Knowles led the Islanders with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Jeff Beverly added 10 points, while Hameed Ali posted eight points and a game-high six assists.
This season, John Jordan leads Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 14.9 points and 4.0 assists per game game, while Ali stands second with 10.8 points per contest. Knowles tops the teams with 9.4 rebounds per game.
Head coach Willis Wilson is in his fourth year at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, assembling a 15-52 record during that time. He has compiled a 233-299 career record in more than 18 seasons as a head coach after serving at Rice from 1992 to 2008.
Wilson has posted a 12-12 all-time record against Houston during his career, including an 0-2 mark against the Cougars as the Islanders' head coach.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will meet Texas A&M for the second straight season. Houston faces the Aggies at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.
From there, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of non-conference games. Houston meets San Jose State at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 and then faces Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 9.