|HOUSTON COUGARS (10-2 • 0-0 American)
at USF BULLS (7-6 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||6 p.m. (CST) • Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017|
|Location||Sun Dome (10,411) • Tampa, Fla.|
Jay Alter, play-by-play
Mark Wise, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST)
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• USF Notes
• The American Notes
TAMPA, Fla. – With its non-conference schedule behind them, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program opens American Athletic Conference play when it faces USF at 6 p.m. (CST), Thursday, inside the Sun Dome.
In their most recent action, the Cougars claimed a 70-59 win over Providence during the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase inside Mohegan Sun Arena. Senior guard Rob Gray led Houston with 24 points, his seventh 20-point game this season, while sophomore guard Armoni Brooks and junior point guard Galen Robinson Jr. totaled 12 points apiece.
With the win against the Friars, the Cougars improved to 10-2 this season. It marked the second time in the last three seasons that Houston recorded double-digit, non-conference wins but was only the 14th time in school history.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.7 points per contest. The Forest City, N.C., native accomplished that feat a year ago and is looking to join Houston legend Otis Birdsong as the only Cougars to win multiple conference scoring championships during their careers.
Houston ranks 10th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 41.8 percent (104-of-249) of its 3-point shots. Sophomore guard Armoni Brooks stands 10th nationally on the individual list, sinking half of his 60 3-point attempts this season.
Houston has posted a 32-25 record in its all-time conference openers, including a 3-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Cougars have opened conference play on the road in each of the last three years but enjoyed recent success in those games, winning nine of their last 10 conference openers.
Fans can watch Thursday’s game live on ESPNews with Jay Alter calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can hear Thursday’s game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Fame legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST), Thursday.
• USF brings a 7-6 record into Thursday’s game following a 78-76 home win over Charlotte on Dec. 21.
• Like Houston, Thursday’s game will be the American Athletic Conference opener for the Bulls.
• USF has posted a 6-3 in home games this season with victories in each of their last three games in Tampa, Fla.
• Against Charlotte, the Bulls overcame a halftime deficit, outscoring the 49ers 39-35 in the second half.
• Sophomore forward Tulio Da Silva led all players with 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds... Senior wing Payton Banks posted 13 points with three 3-pointers and added six rebounds with four assists, while freshman guard Justin Brown totaled 12 points off four treys... Senior guard guard Stephan Jiggetts led the Bulls with eight assists.
• This season, Banks leads USF with 13.7 points per game, while Jiggetts stands second with 12.5 points and 3.9 assists per contest... Da Silva paces the Bulls with 7.1 points per game, while Terrence Samuel is tops with 4.2 assists per game.
• Head Coach Brian Gregory is in his first season at USF and his 14th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 7-6 record at USF and is 255-186 during his career.
• Previously built a 76-86 record at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and a 172-94 mark at Dayton (2003-11).
• Gregory is 1-0 against Houston during his career… Gregory also is 1-0 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers
• 1990 graduate of Oakland.
• Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars open American play in Houston when they play host to Temple at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside H&PE Arena.
• From there, the Cougars open the year 2018 when they face No. 11/11 Wichita State at 6 p.m., Jan. 4 in Wichita, Kan... Game can be seen on ESPN and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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