Men's Basketball to Open American Athletic Conference Play

Dec. 29, 2014

HOUSTON COUGARS (7-4 • 0-0 American)
at MEMPHIS TIGERS (7-4 • 0-0 American)
Time 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Location FedExForum (18,400) • Memphis, Tenn.
Television ESPNUWatchESPN
   Mike Couzens (PxP)
   Len Elmore (analyst)
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Memphis leads 28-13
• Memphis won four of last five
Houston won last 77-68
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Feb. 27, 2014)

Memphis leads 18-3 in Memphis
Memphis won last 13 in Memphis
Memphis won last 82-59 in Memphis
  FedExForum (Jan. 23, 2014)
Game Notes Houston Notes
Memphis Notes
The American Notes
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Riding a wave of hot shooting, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program opens American Athletic Conference play at 1 p.m., Wednesday, when it faces Memphis inside FedExForum.

Winners of their last two games, the Cougars enter the New Year's Eve showdown on the heels of a dominating 80-53 win against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In the team's biggest win of the season to date, the Cougars rode the hot shooting of junior guard Jherrod Stiggers for the second straight game.

Stiggers connected on 9-of-12 shots from the field, including 8-of-11 from the 3-point line, on the way to a game-high 26 points. He became only the third player in school history to sink 8+ 3-pointers in a game and joined Robert McKiver as the only player to drain 7+ treys in back-to-back games.

The Terrell, Texas, native leads the American Athletic Conference and ranks fifth nationally with 4.0 3-pointers per game and tops the Cougars with four 20-point games in 2014-15, including a career-high 33 against Houston Baptist on Dec. 16.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard ranks second on the team with 12.3 points per game but leads the Cougars and is tied for first in the league with 7.6 rebounds per contest.

Houston has posted a 28-25 record in their all-time season openers and has won five of their last six openers. Only an 85-73 loss at Southern Miss on Jan. 8, 2011, prevents a longer winning streak.

A year ago, the Cougars shocked 15th-ranked and eventual national champion UConn with a 75-71 win on Dec. 31 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

This marks the 20th consecutive season in which the Cougars have faced Memphis. The Tigers own a 28-13 lead in the all-time series and have won four of the last five games. However, Houston can boast of the most recent success after taking a 77-68 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 27.

KPRC logo black on whiteRADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action with the pregame show beginning at 12:45 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.

ESPNU logo Fan can watch the game live on ESPNU, by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here with Mike Couzens calling the play-by-play and Len Elmore providing analysis.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Memphis logo ABOUT MEMPHIS
Memphis enters Wednesday's game with a 7-4 overall record. This will be the Tigers' American Athletic Conference opener as well.

Memphis has won its last four games and five of its last six. The Tigers have not lost since a 73-55 setback against Oklahoma State on Dec. 13.

In its most recent action, Memphis claimed a 78-51 win against Western Illinois inside FedExForum. Against Western Illinois, the Tigers raced out to a 41-14 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to a 78-51 victory.

Austin Nichols, Nick King and Calvin Godfrey led five Tigers in double digits with 12 points apiece with King's 10 rebounds leading all players. Trahson Burrell and Pookie Powell added 10 points each in the win.

This season, Nichols leads the Tigers with 11.4 points per game, while Burrell stands second at 10.8 points per contest. Shaq Goodwin tops the team with 6.2 rebounds per game with Burrell (6.1 rpg) and King (6.0 rpg) close behind. Powell leads the team with 3.1 assists per game.

Head coach Josh Pastner is in his sixth year at Memphis, posting a 137-48 record during that time. He has posted a 5-3 record against Houston during his career.

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 also 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.

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.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

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.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

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.



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