|ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS (3-3 0-0 SLC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (3-1 0-0 American)
|Tickets||BUY Tickets Tickets Info|
|Time||7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Brett Dolan, PxP
Reid Gettys, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History|| Houston leads 2-1
First meeting since 1967-68 season
Houston won last meeting 80-75
(Dec. 24, 1967)
Houston leads 2-0 in Houston
Houston won last meeting in Houston 80-75
(Dec. 24, 1967)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Abilene Christian Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON - After playing only three games through the season's first 21 days, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program will compete in its second game in three nights when it takes on Abilene Christian at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a 72-58 win over Texas-Pan American on Thursday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game was the start of a season-long, five-game homestand for the Cougars, who won't leave the city limits until opening play at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Dec. 22.
Against the Broncs, junior guard Eric Weary, Jr., sparked the Cougars with 17 first-half points, while junior guard Cavon Baker energized the team during the final 20 minutes with 14 second-half points on the way to a career-high 18.
Junior forward Devonta Pollard added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his team-leading second double-double of the season, and junior guard Jherrod Stiggers did a little of everything for the Cougars, falling just short of a triple-double with 12 points and career highs of nine rebounds and seven assists.
This season, Weary is one of four Cougars to average double-digit points, posting 14.0 points per game. Baker ranks a close second at 13.8 points per contest and is the only Cougar to reach double-digit points in all four games to date this season.
Pollard stands third with 13.0 points per game and ranks second on the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, while Stiggers averages 11.3 points per game to finish fourth. Junior guard LeRon Barnes paces the team with 8.3 rebounds per contest.
Stiggers, Baker and Weary are all tied for the American Athletic Conference lead with 2.5 3-pointers made per game, while the Cougars lead the league and rank 20th nationally with nearly 10 treys per game.
Saturday's game will be the fourth time that Houston has faced Abilene Christian on the hardwood but the first meeting since Dec. 4, 1967. Houston owns a 2-1 lead in the all-time series.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
Fans can watch Saturday's game live on ESPN3 by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. Brett Dolan will provide the play-by-play action, while Houston great Reid Gettys will provide analysis.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
ABOUT ABILENE CHRISTIAN
Abilene Christian enters Saturday's game with a 3-3 overall record. In their most recent action, the Wildcats claimed a 72-61 win over Sacramento State on Thursday night, their second victory in the last three games.
Against Sacramento State, senior guard LaDarrien Williams led all players with 24 points, thanks to three treys and 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Junior guard Parker Wentz recorded 15 points with five rebounds, while junior forward Austin Cooke added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the win.
This season, Wentz leads the team with 16.0 points per game and is hitting 52.7 percent of his shots from the field. Harrison Hawkins stands second with 11.2 points per game, while Williams is a close third at 11.0 points per contest. Cooke paces the Wildcats with 6.8 rebounds per game, while Jalen Little it stops with 4.2 assists per contest.
Head coach Joe Golding is in his fourth year at Abilene Christian, posting a 38-53 record during that time. Saturday's game will be the first time that Golding has faced Houston.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will take a break from their schedule to focus on final examinations. Houston will not return to competition until it faces city-rival Houston Baptist at 7 p.m., Dec. 16, in the third game of their season-long, five-game homestand.
From there the stand continues with games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 17) and South Carolina State (Dec. 20) as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Regional Round.
BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.
Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.
CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC TICKETS
Tickets for the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas are now on sale at the University of Houston Athletics Ticket Office, and fans are encouraged to make their purchases soon due to limited numbers.
Fans can purchase tickets to both of the Cougars' games in the Championship Round for $110. The Cougars open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Dec. 22, when they meet Boise State inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Depending on the outcome of the Boise State game, the Cougars will face Texas Tech or Loyola (Ill.) on Dec. 23 in a game televised on FOX Sports 1.
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