Dec. 6, 2013
|SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (2-6 0-0 MWC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (6-3 0-0 American)
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas|
|Television||ESPN3 Watch Live
Brett Dolan, PxP
Reid Gettys, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Series History|| Houston leads 1-0
Houston won last 77-75
at San Jose, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2012)
First meeting in Houston
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
San Jose State Notes
The American Notes
IMPORTANT NOTE: Houston Football was scheduled to hold an open workout at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, as part of Fan Appreciation Day. However, that practice was cancelled on Friday afternoon due to the threat of inclement weather in the area this weekend.
Houston Football will continue its scheduled autograph session from 4:15 p.m., to 5 p.m., on the Hofheinz Pavilion concourse prior to Saturday's Men's Basketball game vs. San Jose State.
HOUSTON - University of Houston Men's Basketball and Football fans will have a fun-filled Saturday with a combination of both as the Cougars prepare to play host to San Jose State at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter Saturday's game on the heels of a touch 74-57 loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday night. Against the Aggies, junior forward TaShawn Thomas did a little of everything for the Cougars, posting the 30th double-double of his career with 16 points and 11 rebounds while adding four assists, five blocked shots and a steal.
Senior forward J.J. Richardson came off the bench to post 11 points with a pair of assists.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 17.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game and remains the only player in the American Athletic Conference to average a double-double for the season. He has started all 72 games during his collegiate career and recently became the 44th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
FOOTBALL FAN APPRECIATION DAY
Saturday's Men's Basketball game will wrap up Houston Football Fan Appreciation Day at the Athletics Complex. Bowl-bound for the seventh time in the last nine years, the Cougars will hold an autograph session before the Men's Basketball game vs. San Jose State.
Prior to tipoff, Houston Football student-athletes and coaches will be available for autographs from 4:15 to 5 p.m., Saturday on the Hofheinz Pavilion concourse. Fans can purchase tickets at Hofheinz Pavilion or by clicking here with tickets starting at only $10.
Fans are encouraged to bring their own item to be signed and are asked to limit their items to only one per person.
Houston Football was scheduled to hold an open workout at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, but that practice was cancelled Friday afternoon due to the threat of inclement weather in the area this weekend.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch Saturday's game live on ESPN3 or 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 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.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars close out their brief homestand when they play host to Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, Houston heads east on Interstate 10 to meet Louisiana-Lafayette at 7:05 p.m., Dec. 14, inside the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State enters Saturday's game with a 2-6 overall record. The Spartans have lost each of their last two games after winning two straight.
In its most recent game, San Jose State dropped a 72-55 decision at Weber State for its second straight loss. San Jose State outrebounded the Spartans 42-34 but connected on only 32.3 percent from the field as the Wildcats hit 47.9 percent of their shots.
Guard Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans with 17 points and four 3-pointers, while forward Jaleel Williams added 14 points and eight rebounds. Center Chris Cunningham posted 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in the loss.
This season, Muhammad leads the team with 16.5 points per game while Williams averages 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest to rank second on the team in both categories. Cunningham paces the Spartans with 6.9 rebounds per game, while D.J. Brown is tops with 3.3 assists per game.
Head coach Doug Wojcik is in his first year at San Jose State, assembling a 2-6 record during that time. Saturday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.