|HOUSTON COUGARS (11-2 • 1-0 American)
at TEMPLE OWLS (6-5 • 1-0 American)
|Time||11 a.m. (CST) • Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016|
|Location||Liacouras Center (10,206) • Philadelphia|
|Television||ESPNews • WatchESPN
Dave Leno, PxP
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 11:45 a.m. (CST)
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Series History||Houston leads 2-1
• Third straight season teams will play
• Temple won last 66-54
Feb. 26, 2015 (Philadelphia)
Series tied 1-1 in Philadelphia
• Temple won last 66-54
Feb. 26, 2015 (Philadelphia)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Temple Notes
• The American Notes
PHILADELPHIA – After opening the American Athletic Conference season with a road win, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball continues its 2-game road swing when it takes on Temple at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday, inside the Liacouras Center.
Houston enters this weekend’s contest on the heels of a 73-67 victory at USF on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. Senior forward Devonta Pollard led all players with 20 points, and sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. – the American Athletic Conference’s leading scorer – finished with 19 points, but junior guard Damyean Dotson was the story of the game.
The Yates High product posted five 3-pointers on the way to 17 points and buried his final trey from the right baseline with the Cougars clinging to a 1-point lead and only 46 seconds remaining in the game.
Saturday’s game features the top two teams in the league in taking care of the ball. Temple averages only 8.5 turnovers per game with the Cougars ranking second at only 10.8 giveaways per contest. Houston posted a season-low six turnovers in Wednesday’s win against USF, leading to only three Bulls points.
The contest also features two of the league’s top-6 scorers. Gray tops all players with 18.5 points per contest with Temple guard Quenton Decosey tied for fifth at 15.5 points per contest.
RADIO / TELEVISION
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.
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 Saturday’s game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines to open American Athletic Conference play inside Hofheinz Pavilion against Tulane at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters. That game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, the Cougars take a break before hitting the road to meet No. 22/23 Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CST), Jan. 13, inside Fifth Third Arena. That game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
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.
Temple enters Saturday’s game with a 6-5 overall mark and 1-0 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Owls have won their last two games and three of their last four, including a 77-70 win at No. 22/23 Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Against Cincinnati, guard Quenton Decosey led the Owls with 19 points, while guard Devin Coleman and Daniel Dingle added 14 points apiece. Guard Josh Brown finished with 11 points. Forward Jaylen Bond totaled seven points and a team-high six rebounds and tied with Brown for team-high honors with three assists.
This season, Decosey leads Temple and is tied for fifth in the league with 15.5 points per game. Obi Enechinoyia is second with 10.1 points per game, while Bond is a close third at 10.0 points per game. Bond also leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game, while Brown is tops with 4.5 assists per contest.
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 10th year at Temple and his 27th as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 199-213 record at Temple and is 509-276 during his career.
Dunphy has posted a 1-2 record against Houston during his career.
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