Men's Basketball Starts Season-Long Homestand this Weekend
Dec. 6, 2012
The Last Meeting
November 21, 2007
HOUSTON - University of Houston Men's Basketball fans will have plenty of chances to see their favorite team in action during the next month, starting with Saturday's 5 p.m., showdown against Texas Southern inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston Women's team, which faces Creighton at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will play host to Louisiana-Lafayette (Dec. 15); Chicago State (Dec. 22), Prairie View A&M (Dec. 29), Texas-Pan American (Jan. 3) and Conference USA-rival SMU (Jan. 9).
It will be the Cougars' longest homestand since a six-game stand during the 2009-10 season. That season, Houston faced Texas A&M-Corpus Christ (W, 83-76); Troy (W, 93-85); Mississippi State (L, 64-70); The Citadel (W, 81-58); TCU (W, 105-81) and Louisiana Tech (L, 94-99) from Dec. 6 to Dec. 29. The Cougars went 4-2 on that homestand.
TOYS FOR TOTS
As the Cougars compete during the holiday season, fans can support the Coogs at Hofheinz Pavilion and help bring Christmas to those in need during the annual Toys for Tots Game.
Fans who bring a new toy to either the Women's game vs. Creighton or the Men's game vs. Texas Southern will receive a 50 percent discount off one Adult General Admission ticket and earn admission to the game for only $5.
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.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links 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 or click here.
BIG WIN vs. BIG 12
The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a 54-48 win at Big 12 Conference member TCU on Tuesday. It was the program's first true-road victory against a member of that league.
Houston enjoyed a neutral-site win against No. 25/RV Oklahoma 100-93 on Nov. 26, 2009, but that was played during the first day of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.
Tuesday's win was the Cougars' first road win against a CURRENT member of the Big 12 since a 91-84 victory at Baylor on Jan. 27, 1996. However, that came when both teams competed during the final season of the Southwest Conference.
Against the Horned Frogs, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 19 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and the 14th of his career. With his totals, he moved into the lead in Conference USA with 10.9 points per game and stands second in the league with 16.9 points per contest.
He joins Tulane's Josh Davis as the only players to rank that high in both categories.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young stands second on the team and among the league's top-20 leaders with 13.6 points per game, while redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers ranks among the nation's top-30 leaders in 3-point field goals per game and 3-point field goal percentage.
The Terrell, Texas, native already has moved into the Cougars' top-10 freshman single-season leaders with his 3-pointer total.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 740 AM KTRH 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 4:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video 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 can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN
Texas Southern brings a 1-7 overall record into Saturday's game. The Tigers will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak and have not won since a 74-71 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in Houston on Nov. 16.
In its most recent action, Texas Southern dropped a 74-62 decision at San Diego State on Monday. Against the Aztecs, guard Omar Strong led the Tigers with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, while Fred Sturdivant added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Guard Raymond Pend led all players with eight assists.
This season, Penn leads the Tigers with 13.9 points and 4.9 assists per contest. Strong ranks second with 13.3 points per game, while Sturdivant stands third with 10.0 points per game but adds a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest,
Mike Davis in in his first season at Texas Southern, posting a 1-7 record during that time. Now in his 13th season overall as a head coach, compiling a 238-159 all-time mark. He previously served as head coach at Indiana (2000-06) and Conference USA-rival UAB (2006-12)
Davis has posted a 3-2 record against Houston as a head coach with all previous meetings coming during his UAB tenure. Saturday's game will be the first time he has faced the Cougars during his Texas Southern tenure.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their season-long homestand when they play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m., Dec. 15.
The stand continues against Chicago State (3 p.m., Dec. 22); Prairie View A&M (3 p.m., Dec. 29); Texas-Pan American (7 p.m., Jan. 3) and Conference USA-rival SMU (7 p.m., Jan. 9).