Dec. 13, 2013
|HOUSTON COUGARS (7-4 0-0 The American)
at LOUISIANA RAGIN CAJUNS (6-3 0-0 SBC)
|Location||CAJUNDOME (11,550) Lafayette, La.|
|Radio||950 AM KPRC Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Series History|| Houston leads 9-6 Houston won last|
Houston won last 85-63
(Dec. 15, 2012 Hofheinz Pavilion)
UL leads 3-0 in Lafayette, La.
UL won last in Lafayette, La.
81-67 (Jan. 3, 2004)
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
LAFAYETTE, La. - Fresh of its biggest win of the season, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team heads east on Interstate 10 this weekend to meet Louisiana-Lafayette at 7:05 p.m., inside the CAJUNDOME in Lafayette, La.
The Cougars (7-4) should enter this weekend's contest well-rested after taking a week-long break from their schedule. In its most recent outing, Houston used hot shooting throughout the game to take a dominating 89-58 win against Alcorn State on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Against the Braves, the Cougars nailed at least 61 percent from the field in each half and finished the night at 62 percent overall. Houston outscored Alcorn State by at least 14 points in each half and outrebounded the Braves 40-26 in the win.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 19 points and nine rebounds and dished out four assists, while forward Danrad Knowles added a career-high 19 points of his own, thanks to 6-of-8 shooting from the field and the free throw line.
The Cougars were boosted with good news from the NCAA earlier this week. Knowles was granted full relief by the NCAA in a waiver from the school, giving the Nassau, Bahamas, native three years of eligibility, following the 2013-14 season.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to rank among the league's top-five leaders in both scoring and rebounding and continues to rise on the Cougars' career scoring chart with 1,063 total points.
Sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers drained 4-of-5 shots from the 3-point line in Saturday's win against Alcorn State and ranks third on the team with 10.5 points per game. The Terrell, Texas, native leads the Cougars and ranks among the league leaders with 23 treys in 2013-14.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis, starting 15 minutes before tipoff. Fans also can hear the game with a paid subscription to Cougar All-Access by clicking here.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will take a week off from their schedule before meeting crosstown-rival Rice at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 21, in the first game of the Dickie's Shootout inside the Toyota Center. Texas A&M meets Oklahoma at 6 p.m., Dec. 21, in the nightcap of that twinbill.
The showdown against Rice will be the Cougars' final non-conference game of the season.
From there, the Cougars open American Athletic Conference play when they play host to No. 12 UConn at 8 p.m., Dec. 31, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Louisiana-Lafayette enters Saturday's game with a 6-3 overall record. The Ragin Cajuns have won four of their last five games but saw their season-long winning streak snapped with a 113-74 decision at No. 7/6 Louisville on Saturday.
In its most recent game, Louisville outscored the Cajuns 59-27 in the second half to break open a close game at halftime. The Cajuns hit 61.3 percent from the field in the first half but allowed the Cardinals to hit 61.3 percent for the game.
Against Louisville, forward Shawn Long led all players with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting and added a team-high five rebounds. Kasey Shepherd came off the bench to score 18 points with four 3-pointers. Guard Efrid Payton added 12 points with five rebounds and five assists, and guard Steven Wronkoski totaled 10 points in the loss.
This season, Long leads the team with 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Payton stands second with 19.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest and leads the Cajuns with 5.6 assists per game.
Head coach Bob Marlin is in his fourth year at Louisiana-Lafayette, assembling a 49-54 record during that time. Now in his 16th year as a collegiate head coach, he has posted a career mark of 274-185. Marlin served as head coach at Sam Houston State from 1998 to 2010, building a 225-131 record.
He has compiled a 1-4 mark against Houston during his career, including an 0-2 record at Louisiana-Lafayette.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.