|HOUSTON COUGARS (7-1 • 0-0 American)
at SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS (4-4 • A-10)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||7 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017|
|Location||Chaifetz Arena (10,600) • St. Louis|
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM|
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Saint Louis Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program looks to extend its streak when it hits the road to take on Saint Louis at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Chaifetz Arena.
The Cougars (7-1), winners of each of their last six games, are no strangers to the Billikens. The two teams competed regularly from 1996-97 to 2004-05 as members of Conference USA. However, Saturday’s game will be the first time the teams have squared off since Jan. 29, 2007, in a non-conference match-up.
Houston enters this weekend’s game on the heels of an 88-66 win over Fairfield on Wednesday morning inside H&PE Arena. Senior guard and American Athletic Conference leading scorer Rob Gray led all players with 20 points, while junior guard Corey Davis posted a career-high 16 points, thanks a personal-best five 3-pointers.
Gray and Davis were two of five Cougars to score in double digit points in the second all-time meeting against the Stags.
This season, Gray leads the team and the league with 21.3 points per game. Senior forward Devin Davis is second on the team with 12.6 points per contest but tops the Cougars and stands fourth in the conference with 7.9 rebounds per contest.
Houston boasts four of the conference’s top-10 leaders in 3-point field goal percentage. Gray ranks fourth in the league and leads the Cougars with a 48.5 percentage, while senior guard Wes VanBeck (45.2, 6th), sophomore guard Armoni Brooks (44.1, 8th) and Davis (42.1, t-10th) stand among the top 10.
Fans in the greater Houston area can watch Saturday’s game on CW39.
Fans can hear Saturday’s game live on 950 AM KPRC with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Fame legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS
• Saint Louis brings a 4-4 record into Saturday’s game rallying for a 74-69 win over Southern Illinois inside Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night.
• Win against SIU snapped a four-game losing streak after the Billikens opened the season with three straight wins.
• Against Southern Illinois, freshman guard Jordan Goodwin led all players with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added a game-high nine rebounds… Sophomore forward Jalen Johnson and freshman forward Hasahn French each totaled 12 points in the win, while junior guard Javon Bess topped the Billikens with five assists.
• This season, Bess leads Saint Louis with 14.5 points per game... Goodwin stands second with 10.6 points per contest, but leads the team with 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
• Head Coach Travis Ford is in his second season at Saint Louis and his 21st season as an NCAA collegiate head coach… Has compiled a 352-291 record during his career and is 16-25 at Saint Louis.
• Previously built a 58-40 record at Campbellsville (1997-00), a 61-80 mark at Eastern Kentucky (2000-05), a 62-35 record at UMass (2005-08) and a 155-111 mark at Oklahoma State (2008-16).
• Saturday’s game will be the first time that Ford has faced Houston and Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during his career.
• Following Saturday’s game, the Cougars continue their road swing when they face LSU at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.
• Game against LSU can be seen on SEC Network and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• The Cougars return to Houston when they face Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Dec. 17, inside H&PE Arena... Game can be seen at FloHoops.com and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
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