Men's Hoops Ready to Face UCF at 7 p.m., Wednesday
Jan. 19, 2010
The Cougars (10-7 3-1 C-USA) enter this week's game on the heels of a dominating 74-55 win at league-rival East Carolina last weekend in Greenville, N.C. In that game, senior guard Aubrey Coleman posted 25 points and 11 rebounds for the 18th double-double of his career, while junior forward Maurice McNeil added 11 points and a game-high 15-rebounds.
It marked the second straight game that the two Cougar players finished with double-doubles.
This season, Coleman leads the nation with 25.0 points and 3.4 steals per game. The Houston native, who was named the C-USA Player of the Week for the fourth time this season Monday, is one of only three players to rank among the league's top-nine leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team and is tied for third in the league with 17.4 points per game. The Fort Worth, Texas, native ranks among the national leaders in scoring and 3-pointers per game and makes Houston the only team in the league to have two of the top three scorers.
McNeil has made a strong impact in recent games and tops the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. In the last 10 games, the New York native is nearly averaging a double-double, posting 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
Junior quarterback Case Keenum, who threw for a school record 5,671 yards and added 44 touchdowns this season, will receive the 2009 Quarterback Award presented by the College Football Performance Awards.
In addition, Cougar Dolls posters will be given away throughout the game with a Cougar Dolls autograph session on the concourse following the game.
This season, sophomore guard Isaac Sosa leads the Knights with 10.8 points per game. He is the only UCF player averaging double digits in points, but he is one of four players tallying at least nine points per contest.
Clanton tops the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest, while Rompza leads the way with 4.0 assists per game.
Head coach Kirk Speraw is in his 17th year at UCF, compiling a 273-224 (.549) record during that time. In more than 19 seasons as a head coach, Speraw has posted a 355-245 (.592) record. He previously served as the head coach at Pensacola Junior College from 1987 to 1990.
The Cougars bring a four-game winning streak against the Knights into Wednesday's game and have won seven of their last eight.
Only a 75-72 overtime loss in Orlando on Feb. 28, 2007, prevents a much longer Houston winning streak.
Despite the Cougars' recent success, the series has been a close one. Of the Cougars last five wins in the series, four have been by five or fewer points.
The Cougars own a 3-1 (.750) record against the Knights at Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston has won each of its last three home games against UCF, dropping only a 66-56 decision on Jan. 14, 2006, in the series' first game.
From there, the team will take a week off from competitive action before facing C-USA rival Marshall at 5 p.m., Jan. 30, at Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's basketball team, which faces league foe SMU at 1 p.m., Jan. 30.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.