Dec. 3, 2013
|HOUSTON COUGARS (6-2 0-0 The American)
vs. TEXAS A&M AGGIES (6-2 0-0 SEC)
|Location||Reed Arena (12,989) College Station, Texas|
|Television||FOX Sports Net/ESPN3/SUN Sports
Dave Neal, PxP
Larry Conley, analyst
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History|| Houston leads 53-31|
Texas A&M won last two
Texas A&M won last 70-58
(Dec. 1, 2012 Hofheinz Pavilion)
Texas A&M leads 21-14 in College Station
Texas A&M won last in College Station
93-80 (Dec. 29, 2004 Reed Arena)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Texas A&M Notes
The American Notes
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Fresh off their fifth win of at least 10 points, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it meets former Southwest Conference rival Texas A&M inside Reed Arena.
The Cougars are coming off a 78-67 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Overcoming a halftime deficit, Houston scored 49 second-half points after hitting 56.7 percent from the field during the second half.
Five Cougars scored in double digits with junior forward TaShawn Thomas' 14 points leading the way. Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose, sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers and sophomore forward Danrad Knowles each totaled 13 points, while senior point guard Tione Womack came off the bench to pour in a career-high 10 points with six assists and two steals.
This will be the second straight season that the Cougars have faced the Aggies. Texas A&M claimed a 70-58 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion a year ago and has won the last two meetings. Houston will be looking for its first win in College Station since the 1995-96 campaign.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on FOX Sports South, ESPN3 and SUN Sports.It will be one of 28 televised games for the Cougars this season. Dave Neal will call the play-by-play action with Larry Conley providing analysis. Fans can see the game at ESPN3 by clicking here.
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 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.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of non-conference games. Houston meets San Jose State at 5 p.m., Saturday, and then faces Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m., Monday.
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 who purchase season tickets will receive a free Guy V. Lewis bobblehead later this season. Lewis was a legendary coach for the Cougars from 1956-86, compiling nearly 600 wins with five NCAA Final Four appearances, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
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.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M enters Wednesday's game with a 6-2 overall record. However, the Aggies have lost their last two games after winning each of their first six contests.
In its most recent game, Texas A&M dropped a 55-52 decision to SMU inside American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, during the third-place game of the Corpus Christi Challenge on Saturday.
Against the Mustangs, forward Davonte Fitzgerald led Texas A&M with 12 points, while J-Mychal Reese came off the bench to add 11 points. Forward Kourtney Roberson added a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
This season, Robertson is scoring 13.3 points per game as the only Aggie to average double-digit points. He also leads the team with 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game
Head coach Billy Kennedy is in his third year at Texas A&M, assembling a 38-35 record during that time. Kennedy has compiled a 249-214 career record in more than 15 seasons as a head coach after previously serving as head coach at Centenary (1997-99), Southeastern Louisiana (1999-05) and Murray State (2006-11)
He has posted a 1-0 all-time record against Houston. Wednesday's game will be the first time he has faced the Cougars on his home court.