|CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (9-2 0-0 MWC)
vs. HOUSTON COUGARS (5-3 0-0 American)
|Time||9:30 p.m. (CST), Monday, Dec. 22, 2014|
|Location||Orleans Arena (7,471) Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
|Series History||First meeting|
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Boise State Notes
The American Notes
LAS VEGAS - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to snap its two-game skid when it competes in the Championship Round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic inside Orleans Arena this week.
The Cougars (5-3) meet Boise State at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Monday, in their first game of the tournament. From there, the team will play the winner/loser of the Texas Tech-Loyola (Ill.) game on Tuesday evening.
With a win Monday, the Cougars will compete at 10:30 p.m. (CST) Tuesday while a loss to Boise State on Monday means that Houston tips off at 8 p.m. (CST) Monday.
Houston enters their final games before Christmas on the heels of a tough 71-63 loss to South Carolina State on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles led the Cougars with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career, but it would not be quite enough in the firstmeeting against the Bulldogs on the hardwood.
Knowles became the fourth different Cougar this season to record a double-double and the fifth member of the current team. Junior forward Devonta Pollard and junior guards Cavon Baker and LeRon Barnes accomplished the feat earlier this season, while junior point guard L.J. Rose - who returned to the starting lineup this week following foot surgery - enjoyed a double-double in 2013-14.
This season, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers leads three Cougars in double digits with 16.1 points per game. Pollard ranks second on the team with 12.4 points per game and leads the Cougars and ranks in the American Athletic Conference with 7.9 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Eric Weary, Jr., stands third with 11.5 points per contest.
Monday's game will be the first time that Houston has faced Boise State in Men's Basketball.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Monday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action, beginning around 9:15 p.m. Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
ABOUT BOISE STATE
Boise State enters Monday's game with a 9-2 overall record. In its most recent action, the Broncos claimed a 77-33 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday.
Against the Wildcats, guard Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 17 points and added five rebounds with three assists. Forward James Webb III posted 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds, while Joe Hanstad totaled 10 points and a pair of assists.
This season, Marks leads the team with 17.0 points and 3.5 assists per game. Guard Anthony Drmic ranks second with 15.0 points per game.
Head coach Leon Rice is in his fifth year at Boise State, posting an 86-56 record during that time. Monday's game will be the first time that Rice has faced Houston during his career.
BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC TICKETS
Tickets for the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas are now on sale at the University of Houston Athletics Ticket Office, and fans are encouraged to make their purchases soon due to limited numbers.
Fans can purchase tickets to both of the Cougars' games in the Championship Round for $110. The Cougars open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Dec. 22, when they meet Boise State inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Depending on the outcome of the Boise State game, the Cougars will face Texas Tech or Loyola (Ill.) on Dec. 23 in a game televised on FOX Sports 1.
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.
Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.