|HOUSTON COUGARS (9-3 0-0 American)
at UCONN HUSKIES (5-6 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||2 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016|
|Location||XL Center (16,429) Hartford, Conn.|
Karl Ravech, play-by-play
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program closes out the year 2016 and opens American Athletic Conference play this week, beginning with a 2 p.m. (CST) showdown Wednesday inside XL Center.
The Cougars enter this week's opener on the heels of a tough 57-56 loss at Harvard on Friday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Against the Crimson, Houston endured its worst shooting performance of the season but still had a chance to win the game on its final possession.
Junior guard Rob Gray led the Cougars with 15 points and remains the American Athletic Conference's second-leading scorer with 20.1 points per game.
Senior guard and Yates High School product Damyean Dotson leads the Cougars with 7.2 rebounds per game and is one of only six players to rank among the league's top-11 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
A year ago, the Cougars split the regular-season series against the Huskies. UConn claimed a 69-57 victory inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 17. However, Houston earned its revenge with a 75-68 win on Feb. 28, giving the Huskies their only loss in Storrs, Conn., in 2015-16.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars continue their road trip when they travel to the Sunshine State to take on USF at 11 a.m. (CST) Saturday, inside the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game on ESPN2 with Karl Ravech calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can listen to Friday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. The pregame show begins at 1:45 p.m. (CST) Wednesday. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
Entering Wednesday's game, UConn has posted a 5-6 overall record, including a 2-3 home mark.
Huskies have lost two of their last three games, including a 70-67 setback in overtime against Auburn on Dec. 23 in Storrs, Conn.
Against Auburn, senior guard Rodney Purvis posted 20 points with seven rebounds and three assists, while senior forward Kentan Facey added 15 points with a team-high 14 rebounds and four blocks.
This season, sophomore guard Jalen Adams leads the Huskies with 16.6 points and 5.5 assists per game, while Purvis stands second with 12.8 points per contest... Facey leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Sophomore guard Terry Larrier (ACL) would stand second with 13.5 points per game and freshman guard Alterique Gilbert (shoulder) would rank fourth with 10.3 points per contest among the Huskies, but both players were lost for the season with injuries earlier this year.
Head Coach Kevin Ollie is in his fifth season at UConn and as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 102-50 record during his career.
1995 graduate of UConn.
Following Wednesday's game, Cougars continue American Athletic Conference play when they head south to take on USF at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday, inside the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion with back-to-back home games against Tulsa (8 p.m., Jan. 4) and against No. 24/23 Cincinnati (8 p.m., Jan. 7).
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
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