|TEMPLE OWLS (7-5 • 0-1 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-2 • 1-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||5 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017|
Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
|Location||H&PE Arena (8,100) • Houston|
|Promotions||Gameday Promotions Schedule|
• High School Day
FREE ticket to high school
students who register at
• Fastest Baby Contest
|Parking||Parking Map & Info
FREE shuttle begins at 3:30 p.m.,
in Lot 12A at TDECU Stadium
Ted Emrich, play-by-play
Mark Wise, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m.
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Temple Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – Winners of 10 of its last 11 games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program begins its American Athletic Conference home schedule when it faces Temple at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside H&PE Arena in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The Cougars (11-2 • 1-0 American) enter this weekend’s contest and close out the year 2017 following an impressive 79-60 road win at USF to open league play. Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. finished with 15 points to lead four Cougars in double digits, while sophomore guard Armoni Brooks continued his recent hot shooting, draining four treys for the second straight game.
With Thursday’s road win, the Cougars have moved to No. 46 on the latest NCAA RPI rankings and join SMU, Tulane and Tulsa atop the American Athletic Conference standings.
Senior guard Rob Gray was limited to 11 points in Thursday’s win at USF but posted his 43rd consecutive game with double-digit points and continues to lead The American with 19.9 points per game. The Forest City, N.C., native is looking to join Houston legend Otis Birdsong as the only Cougars to record multiple conference scoring titles.
With his recent shooting, Brooks stands atop the league’s stat rankings with 2.6 3-pointers made per game. Brooks, who prepped at McNeil High School, has drained multiple treys in eight of his last nine games and shot 19-of-35 (54.3 percent) from beyond the arc in his last five games.
The Cougars are 35-22 in their all-time conference home openers, including a 3-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play. Houston has won six of its last seven conference home openers with victories in each of its last two.
In Thursday’s win, the Cougars outrebounded USF 43-35, the 12th time in 13 games that has happened in 2017-18. Houston ranks third in the league and 22nd nationally with an +8.5 rebounding margin. Senior forward Devin Davis leads the Cougars and is tied for fifth in The American in that category, snaring 7.1 rebounds per game.
ALL high school students can receive one FREE ticket to Saturday’s game by visiting uhcougars.com/highschool and submitting the form on that page. Tickets will be available for pickup on game day at H&PE Arena Tickets Box Office, and students must present a valid high school ID to claim their tickets.
ALL college students can receive one FREE ticket to Saturday’s game by showing a current, valid ID at the door.
Fans will want to stay in their seats at halftime as the Cougars determine the Fastest Baby in the City.
Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with single-game tickets starting at only $15. Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Fans can park for $5 while spaces are available in the TSU garage adjacent to H&PE Arena. Fans wishing to pay for parking should enter the garage off Blodgett Street.
Fans also can use the FREE parking shuttle to H&PE Arena during the 2017-18 season. Shuttle service begins at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.
Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.
Fans can watch Saturday’s game live on ESPNU with Ted Emrich 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 Saturday’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 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
• Temple brings a 7-5 overall record and 0-1 mark in American Athletic Conference place into Saturday’s game.
• Temple has lost its last two games and three of its last four... Only a 63-60 home win over Drexel on Dec. 16 prevents a longer skid.
• In most recent action, Temple fell 85-75 against Tulane in Philadelphia to open American Athletic Conference play on Thursday… Against Tulane, Temple fell behind 38-29 at the half and could move no closer.
• Sophomore guard Quinton Rose and junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. posted 17 points apiece to lead the Owls in the loss... Senior guard Josh Brown totaled 14 points, while freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis posted 11 points with five rebounds and three steals... Senior forward Obi Enechionyia added a team-high nine rebounds.
• This season, Rose leads Temple with 16.7 points per game and ranks second on the squad with 5.8 rebounds per contest... Alston stands second with 14.9 points per game... Enechionyia averages 11.8 points per game to rank third among the Owls and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest... Brown paces the team with 3.3 assists per game.
• Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 12th season at Temple and his 29th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach… Has compiled a 237-141 record at Temple and is 547-304 during his career.
• Previously built a 310-163 record at Penn (1989-06).
• Dunphy is 2-4 against Houston during his career with all six previous meetings coming during the last four years in his Temple tenure… Dunphy is 2-2 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers.
• 1970 graduate of La Salle.
• Following Saturday’s game, the Cougars open the year 2018 when they face No. 8/10 Wichita State at 6 p.m., Thursday, in Wichita, Kan... Game can be seen on ESPN and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Cougars will take a break from competition before facing Tulsa at 6 p.m., Jan. 11, inside H&PE Arena... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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