Jan. 19, 2010
UCF KNIGHTS (9-8 1-2 C-USA) at HOUSTON COUGARS (10-7 3-1 C-USA)
Jan. 20, 2010 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 7 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
INTERNET VIDEO : live video broadcast
LIVE STATS: GameTracker
HOUSTON - Winners of three of their last four games, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when they play host to Conference USA-rival UCF inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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.
Fans will want to stay around the court at the beginning of halftime of Wednesday's game for a special football presentation.
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.
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
Wednesday's game will be Guys Night Out. For only $20, fans receive two general-admission tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas.
In addition, Cougar Dolls posters will be given away throughout the game with a Cougar Dolls autograph session on the concourse following the game.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats from Wednesday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
UCF enters Wednesday's game on the heels of a 90-70 loss at Conference USA-foe Tulsa on Saturday. In that game, sophomore guard A.J. Rompza led the Knights with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Freshman forward Keith Clanton added 11 points, while sophomore center Jakub Kusmieruk came off the bench to grab a team-high six rebounds.
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.
SERIES HISTORY vs. UCF
For the fifth straight season, the Cougars will face UCF in men's basketball. The Cougars own a 7-2 (.778) lead in the all-time series, which began Jan. 14, 2006, and has been played at least twice every season since the 2005-06 campaign.
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.
The Cougars hit the road again to face C-USA rival Memphis at 7 p.m., Saturday, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. That game will be televised live on ESPN2.
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.
Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.