|HOUSTON COUGARS (8-1 • 0-0 American)
at LSU TIGERS (5-2 • 0-0 SEC)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||8 p.m. • Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017|
|Location||Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)|
Baton Rouge, La.
Roy Philpott, play-by-play
Brooke Weisbrod, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM|
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m.
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• LSU Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program continues its road swing when it takes on LSU at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Cougars, who have won eight of their first nine games to open the season, enter this weekend on the heels of a 77-58 win at Saint Louis on Saturday night. Behind senior guard Rob Gray’s game-high 24 points, Houston earned its first road win against the Billikens since Dec. 5, 1990.
With their recent winning ways, the Cougars received votes in both national polls Monday. Houston collected eight votes in the USA TODAY Coaches poll and posted three votes in the latest Associated Press poll.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 21.6 points per game. The Forest City, N.C., native has scored in double digits in each of his last 39 games and enjoyed five 20-point games in 2017-18.
Senior forward Devin Davis ranks second on the team with 13.1 points per contest and leads the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Houston has outrebounded each of its first nine opponents to start the season, the first time the Cougars have accomplished that feat at any point in a season since 1981-82.
This marks the second straight season the Cougars face the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La. A year ago, LSU claimed an 84-65 win.
Fans can watch Wednesday’s game live on the SEC Network with Roy Philpott calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can hear Wednesday’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 7:45 p.m., Wednesday.
• LSU brings a 5-2 record into Wednesday’s game following its 97-84 win over UNC Wilmington in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday afternoon.
• Was the Tigers’ second straight victory... Last LSU loss was a 94-84 decision vs. Marquette during final day of Maui Invitational on Nov. 22.
• Tigers have posted a 4-0 record inside Maravich Assembly Center this season.
• Against UNC Wilmington, senior forward Duop Reath came off the bench to lead all players with 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting... Sophomore guard Skylar Mays added 14 points with two rebounds and three assists... Sophomore forward Wayde Sims posted 11 points with six rebounds, while senior forward Aaron Epps tied with freshman guard Brandon Rachal for game-high honors with seven rebounds.
• This season, Tremont Waters averages 18.3 points per game to lead four Tigers in double digits and tops LSU with 6.6 assists per game.... Reath ranks second with 14.6 points per game but leads the Tigers with 4.9 rebounds per contest... Mays ranks third with 12.1 points per contest, while Sampson is fourth with 10.0 points per game.
• Head Coach Will Wade is in his first season at LSU and his fifth season as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 96-47 record during his career and is 5-2 at LSU.
• Previously built a 51-20 record at VCU (2015-17) and a 40-25 mark at Chattanooga (2013-15).
• Wednesday’s game will be the first time that Wade has faced Houston during his career.
• Wednesday’s game will be the first time that Wade has faced Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their respective careers.
• Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars return to Houston when they face Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside H&PE Arena... Game can be seen at FloHoops.com and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Cougars close out the non-conference, regular-season schedule when they meet rv/rv Providence at 6 p.m. (CST), Dec. 20, inside the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., during the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
For Sunday's game against Prairie View A&M, fans can donate an new, unwrapped toy for the KHOU/Salvation Army Secret Santa at the front doors of H&PE Arena and receive a FREE ticket to the game.
Fans can take photos with Shasta Claus on the concourse during pregame activities. Photos with Shasta Claus begin at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, and will continue until 2:40 p.m.
Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with season tickets for as low as $100 and single-game tickets starting at only $12.
Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Fans can park for $5 while spaces are available in the TSU garage adjacent to H&PE Arena. Fans wishing to pay for parking should enter the garage off Blodgett Street.
Fans also can use the FREE parking shuttle to H&PE Arena during the 2017-18 season. Shuttle service begins at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.
Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.
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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