Men's Basketball Plays Host to Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m., Saturday
Nov. 30, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team will welcome an old rival to Hofheinz Pavilion again this weekend when the Cougars play host to Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m., Saturday.
Fans should note the 5:30 p.m., starting time, which is different from earlier published schedules. The game time was recently pushed back to accommodate fans and FOX Sports Net's broadcast.
The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a tough 81-80 loss at Prairie View A&M on Saturday. The Panthers hit a free throw with 5.95 seconds remaining to break a tie and saw a Cougar shot at the buzzer fall just off the mark in the win.
Against the Panthers, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas posted 23 points with 11 rebounds to post his team-leading fourth double-double of the season through the first six games. Averaging 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, the Killeen, Texas, native is one of only two players in Conference USA to be ranked among the league's top-three leaders in both categories.
Freshman forward Danuel House finished with a career-high 20 points against the Panthers and moved into fourth in scoring on the team with 11.5 points per game. The Sugar Land, Texas, native and Hightower High product became the fourth Cougar to score at least 20 points in a game this season, joining Thomas, sophomore guard Joseph Young and senior forward Leon Gibson.
Young stands second on the team with 15.2 points per contest and ranks among the league leaders in 3-point field-goal percentage and assist-turnover ratio. The Houston native and Yates High product did not commit his first turnover until the sixth game of the season.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing the analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can hear the audio stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans should note that Saturday's video stream will NOT be available on Cougar All-Access due to the television broadcast.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
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ABOUT TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M brings a 5-1 overall record into Saturday's game and has won each of its last two games.
The Aggies enter this weekend's game on the heels of a 78-65 win against Northwestern State on Monday in College Station. Against the Demons, the Aggies hit 56.1 percent from the field and 50 percent of their 14 3-point attempts.
Elston Turner led Texas A&M with 17 points, while J'Mychal Reese added 15 points. Fabyon Harris added 11 points with Ray Turner posting 10 points. Kourtney Roberson led the Aggies with 10 rebounds, while Alex Caruso came off the bench to dish out a team-high six assists.
This season, Elston Turner leads the Aggies with 15.7 points and 3.7 assists per game, while Ray Turner ranks second with 12.2 points per game. Harris is the only other Aggie to average double-digit points, totaling 10.8 points per game. Roberson leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Billy Kennedy is in his second year at Texas A&M, posting a 19-19 record during that time. He has assembled a 230-198 career record in more than 14 years as a collegiate head coach. Kennedy, who is a 1986 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana, previously served as head coach at Centenary (1997-99), Southeastern Louisiana (1999-05) and Murray State (2006-11).
SERIES HISTORY vs. TEXAS A&M
Houston owns a 53-30 lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 28, 1946. The series was played at least once every year from 1974-75 through the 1995-96 season when both teams competed in the Southwest Conference.
Teams have only played twice since leaving the Southwest Conference, splitting the two games on their home courts. Texas A&M can boast of the most recent success in the series after taking a 93-80 win on Dec. 29, 2004, in Reed Arena in College Station. That loss snapped the Cougars' three-game winning streak against the Aggies.
This is the most played series in Houston history with 83 games. The series against crosstown- and current Conference-USA rival Rice is a distant second with 75 games (Houston leads 58-17).
The Cougars have posted a 36-8 lead against the Aggies in Houston. Houston has won each of the last three games against the Aggies in Hofheinz Pavilion, including a 70-61 overtime victory on Dec. 27, 2003, in the most recent encounter.
Texas A&M has not defeated the Cougars in Houston since a 67-60 decision on Jan. 19, 1994.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars meet Big 12 member TCU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. That game will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest.
The Cougars return home for six straight home games, beginning at 5 p.m., Dec. 8, when they meet Texas Southern inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's team, which plays Creighton at 2 p.m., Dec. 8.