Men's Hoops Begins Homestand vs. Tulsa

Jan. 17, 2011

at HOUSTON COUGARS (10-6 • 2-1 C-USA)
 Time  6 p.m. • Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Series History  Series tied 19-19
 Tulsa won last three
 Last Time  Tulsa won last 86-80, Houston, Jan. 9, 2010
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • SportsTalk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 5:45 p.m.
 Television  No Live Streaming
 CBS College Sports
 Roger Twibell, PxP; Steve Lappas, analyst
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
 Tulsa Notes Get Acrobat Reader
 Conference USA Notebook Get Acrobat Reader
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HOUSTON - Winners of four of its last five games, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to Hofheinz Pavilion this week for a pair of home games against Conference USA opponents.

The brief homestand begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, when the Cougars meet Tulsa in a contest featuring a pair of 2-1 teams in league action.

The Cougars (10-6 • 2-1 C-USA) come into Wednesday's game on the heels of an impressive 70-68 win at SMU last weekend. In that game, freshman forward Alandise Harris recorded his second double-double of the season with a career-best 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Little Rock, Ark., native calmly hit a pair of free throws with only 13 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a 3-point cushion. In his last two games, Harris is averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and has hit all but two of his 18 free throw attempts during that time.

Senior guard Adam Brown came off the bench to pour in 22 points, while junior guard Darian Thibodeaux posted career highs of 17 points and five 3-pointers in the win against the Mustangs.

Brown continues to lead the Cougars this season with 14.8 points per game. The San Antonio, Texas, native ranks among the C-USA top-20 individual leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-point field goals per game and minutes played.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon ranks among the league's top-three individual leaders with 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

With his long-range performance against the Mustangs, Thibodeaux moved among the league's top long-range shooter. The Dallas native ranks 12th in the league with 1.9 treys per game and stands eighth, hitting 40.5 percent of his shots behind the arc.

Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. Fans also can purchase the Pick-4 Pack for only $28. That ticket package is good for fans' choice of any four of Houston's remaining home games.

Fans also can purchase the Houston Hoops 4-Pack for the UTEP (Saturday) and UAB (Feb. 26) games at Hofheinz Pavilion. For only $48, fans can receive 4 general admission tickets, 4 small drinks, 4 hot dogs and 4 hats (selected styles) from the UH Fan Shop for only $48.

If more than four tickets are needed, each additional ticket purchased will cost only $12 each and will receive the extra items.

The Houston Hoops 4-Pack will not be available on game days at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows.

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.

Wednesday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m.

The game also will be televised live on CBS College Sports with Roger Twibell calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas serving as analyst.

Fans can follow live stats from Wednesday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

Tulsa brings a 9-8 overall record and 2-1 mark in Conference USA games into Wednesday's game. The team has alternated wins and losses in its last four games.

The Golden Hurricane enters the game on the heels of a 78-62 home win against UAB on Saturday, knocking off the last unbeaten team in league games.

In that win, senior guard Justin Hurtt led Tulsa with 17 points, while junior center Steven Idlet added 16 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Scottie Haralson added 14 points with three 3-pointers, while freshman center Kodi Maduka and junior forward Joe Richard came off the bench to post a game-high seven rebounds each.

This season, Hurtt leads Tulsa with 20.9 points and 2.7 assists per game per game, while Idlet ranks second with 13.8 points per game. Idlet also leads the Golden Hurricane with 6.1 rebounds per game.

Haralson stands third with 12.8 points per game and Jordan Clarkson is the last player averaging double digits with 10.6 points per game.

Head coach Doug Wojcik is in sixth year at Tulsa and overall. He has compiled a 113-73 (.608) record during his career. Wojcik is 3-3 against Houston.

This marks the sixth straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood with each team winning 19 games.

Tulsa has won the last three games. Houston has not defeated the Golden Hurricane since a 92-81 win on Feb. 6, 2008, in Hofheinz Pavilion. Tulsa's current three-game winning streak against the Cougars snapped Houston's five-game winning streak against the Golden Hurricane.

The Cougars have posted an 11-7 (.611) all-time record against Tulsa in Houston. In addition, Houston has won four of the last five home games against Tulsa. However, the Golden Hurricane can boast of the most recent success with its win in 2008.

The Cougars continue their brief homestand when to play host to UTEP at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

From there, the team meets crosstown rival Rice at 8 p.m., Jan. 26, inside Autry Fieldhouse in Houston. That game will be televised live on CSS.



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