Men's Hoops Set to Face Rice at Tudor Fieldhouse

Jan. 24, 2011

at RICE OWLS (9-10 • 1-4 C-USA)
 Time  8 p.m. • Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011
 Location  Tudor Fieldhouse (5,208) • Houston, Texas
 Series History  Houston leads 57-14
 Houston won last eight games
 Last Time  Houston won 78-70, Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston,
 March 3, 2010
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • SportsTalk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 7:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Streaming
 CSS (Houston Comcast ch. 129)
 Randy McIlvoy, PxP; Brian Oliver, analyst
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
 Rice Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team begins a road swing this week with a pair of Conference USA contests. Fortunately, the first game in that swing doesn't require a lot of travel.

The Cougars meet crosstown-rival Rice at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus. This marks the 16th straight season and the 38th time in the last 40 years that these two teams will meet on the hardwood.

Houston enters Wednesday's contest on the heels of a tough 57-52 loss to UTEP at Hofheinz Pavilion. Despite a season-high crowd of 4,513 fans and continued support from the student body, the Cougars saw their season-long three-game winning streak come to an end.

Against the Miners, senior guard Adam Brown scored 22 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead all players. Brown gave the Cougars a 51-50 lead with a pair of free throws with just more than three minutes remaining in regulation, but the Houston offense would struggle the rest of the way.

Sophomore forward Kirk Van Slyke posted 12 first-half points with a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.

This season, Brown leads the Cougars with 14.9 points per game and had recorded seven 20-point games. The San Antonio, Texas, native also ranks among the league's long range leaders in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made per game.

Senior forward Maurice McNeil leads the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Kendrick Washington -- who returned to action last week after missing four games with an infection in his elbow - ranks second with 5.8 boards per contest.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon does a little of everything for the Cougars, ranking among the C-USA top-five individual leaders in assists, steals, free throw percentage and assist-turnover ratio.

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 7:45 p.m.

The game also will be televised on CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129) with Randy McIlvoy calling the play-by-play action and Brian Oliver serving as analyst.

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

Rice brings a 9-10 overall record and 1-4 C-USA mark into Wednesday's game. The Owls claimed a 57-50 win at UCF in Orlando on Saturday in their most recent action, snapping a season-long four-game losing streak.

Against the Knights, forward Arsalan Kazemi recorded 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Owls. Guard Connor Frizzelle came off the bench to score 15 points, while guard Tamir Jackson added 10 points with four rebounds and four assists.

This season, Kazemi leads Rice with 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Jackson averaged 12.7 points per game to rank second on the team and paces the Owls with 3.3 assists per contest.

Head coach Ben Braun is in his third year at Rice and his 34th year overall, He has compiled a 579-444 (.566) during his career and is 27-55 (.329) during his tenure at Rice.

Braun has posted a 2-5 (.286) record against Houston during his career, including an 0-4 mark against the Cougars while on the Rice bench.

This marks the 16th straight season and the 38th time in the last 40 years that the Cougars will face Rice on the hardwood.

The Cougars own a 57-14 (.803) record in the all-time series, which began in 1971-72 and has been played at least once every year since the 1998-99 campaign. With the exception of the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, the Cougars have played Rice at least once every year since 1971-72.

Houston has won the last eight meetings against the Owls, The Cougars have not lost to Rice since a 76-71 decision on Jan. 17, 2007.

The Cougars have posted a 23-10 (.697) all-time record at Rice. Houston has won the last two road games at Tudor Fieldhouse and last three games that Rice hosted. The contest on Jan. 23, 2008, was played at Reliant Stadium.

In their most recent road action against Rice, the Cougars claimed an 83-66 win at Tudor Fieldhouse on Jan. 6, 2010.

The Cougars wrap up the month at 5 p.m. (CST), Saturday, when they face East Carolina in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C. The showdown against the Pirates will be broadcast live on CSS.

From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Marshall at 8 p.m., Feb. 1.

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 UAB (Feb. 26) game 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.



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