Men’s Basketball Opens American Play at USF

Dec. 29, 2015

HOUSTON COUGARS (10-2 • 0-0 American)
at USF BULLS (3-10 • 0-0 American)
Time 1 p.m. (CST) • Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Location Sun Dome (10,411) • Tampa, Fla.
Television ESPNU • WatchESPN
   Alex Faust, PxP
   Mark Wise, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 12:45 p.m. (CST)
Live Stats Live Stats
Series History Houston leads 12-11
• Third straight season teams will play
• Houston three of last four &
   seven of last nine
Houston won last 72-55
   March 1, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
USF leads 6-5 in Tampa, Fla.
USF won last 69-67
   Feb. 17, 2015 (Tampa, Fla.)
Game Notes Houston Notes
USF Notes
The American Notes
Social Media Facebook   Twitter

TAMPA, Fla. –After enjoying its 10th win of the season, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program returns to action when it opens American Athletic Conference play at 1 p.m. (CST) Wednesday against USF inside the Sun Dome.

The Cougars are 28-26 all-time in conference openers and have won five of their last seven openers. However, Houston will be looking to improve to 2-1 in American openers after dropping a 73-54 decision at Memphis on Dec. 31, 2014.

Houston enters this week’s games on the heels of a dominating 76-49 win over Nicholls on Monday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars connected on more than 45 percent of their shots from the field and limited the Colonels to only 28.1 percent while outrebounding their opponent 53-28.

With that win, the Cougars improved to 10-2, posting double digit victories in non-conference play before the start of conference action for the first time since 2012-13.

Against Nicholls, senior forward Devonta Pollard led all players with 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds with three assists, two blocks and a steal. The Porterville, Miss., native joins with teammate Damyean Dotson as two of only five players to rank among the American Athletic Conference’s top-18 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Pollard is tied for 10th in the league with 13.8 points per game and ranks 14th with 6.7 rebounds per contest. Dotson, who prepped at nearby Yates High, stands 18th with 12.9 points per game but ranks ninth with 7.9 boards per contest. Houston is the only team in the league with two players among the league’s top-18 scoring and rebounding leaders.

Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., continues to lead the league and rank among the nation’s top-60 scorers with 18.5 points per game. Freshman point guard Galen Robinson was the only Cougar who played but did not score against Nicholls on Monday but made significant contributions to the offense with a career-high 10 assists in only his fourth career start.

Wednesday’s game will be the first contest on a 2-game road swing as the Cougars open league play. Following their showdown against USF, Houston meets Temple at 1 p.m. (CST), Saturday inside the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

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Fans can hear Wednesday’s Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 12:45 p.m. (CST), Wednesday.

Fans 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.

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The game will be shown on ESPNU with Alex Faust calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking here.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars heads to Philadelphia to face Temple at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday, inside the Liacouras Center.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines to open American Athletic Conference play inside Hofheinz Pavilion against Tulane at 8 p.m., Jan. 5.

Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans also 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.

Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.

Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.

Fans can purchase tickets to any three remaining home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.

Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket

Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.

Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.

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USF enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-10 overall record. Like the Cougars, Wednesday’s game will be the American Athletic Conference opener for USF.

The Bulls have lost their last two games and five of the last six. Their lone win during the recent stretch was an 88-75 home win against Jacksonville on Dec. 16.

Wednesday’s game will be the Bulls’ first action since a 66-49 loss at Seton Hall on Dec. 22. Against Seton Hall, forward Angel Nunez led USF with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Guard Jahmal McMurray added 10 points with five rebounds and a team-high five assists.

This season, McMurray is the only Bull to average double-digit points with 13.0 points per game. Jaleel Cousins is tops with 8.1 rebounds per game, while Roddy Peters leads the team with 3.5 assists per contest.

Head Coach Orlando Antigua is in his second year at USF and as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 12-33 career mark during that time and is 1-1 against Houston in his career.

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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