Men's Basketball Set to Face No. 18/19 Memphis on Saturday

Jan. 30, 2009

HOUSTON COUGARS (12-6 • 3-2 C-USA) at #18/19 MEMPHIS TIGERS (17-3 • 6-0 C-USA)
Jan. 31, 2009 • FedExForum (18,400) • Memphis, Tenn. • Noon (CST)

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
TELEVISION: CBS College Sports • DirecTV Ch. 613/Dish Network Ch. 152 • Tom Hart (PxP); Steve Lappas (analyst)
INTERNET VIDEO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
INTERNET AUDIO: live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker at UHCougars.com
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Houston men's basketball looks to return to its winning ways when it faces Conference USA-rival No. 18/19 Memphis at noon, Saturday, inside the FedEx Forum.

The Cougars (12-6 • 3-2 C-USA) come into this weekend's game following a tough 62-55 loss to Conference USA rival-UTEP on Wednesday in Hofheinz Pavilion. It was UH's second straight loss after a road setback at Arizona on Jan. 24, the first back-to-back losses for the Cougars this season.

Against the Miners, senior center Marcus Cousin recorded his team-leading seventh double-double with 15 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds. The Baltimore native was one of four Cougars to reach double digits.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis leads the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 20.1 points per game, while junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun adds 11.1 points per contest.

Cougar Men's Basketball games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

Saturday's game also will be televised live on CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613/Dish Network 152) with Tom Hart calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas providing analysis.

Fans can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

For the 15th consecutive season, the Cougars will meet Memphis on the hardwood. The Tigers own a 20-10 (.667) lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 8, 1956, and has been played at least once every season since the 1994-95 campaign.

Memphis is one of only three current Conference USA teams (UAB and UTEP) that can boast a winning all-time record against the Cougars.

The Tigers bring a seven-game winning streak against the Cougars into this weekend's game. UH has not defeated the Tigers since a 66-53 decision on Feb. 5, 2005, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Memphis has posted a 12-3 (.800) all-time record against the Cougars in Tennessee. The Cougars will be looking to snap a seven-game road losing streak against the Tigers. UH has not enjoyed a win against Memphis in Tennessee since a 76-73 victory on Feb. 16, 2002.

Winners of its last 11 games, Memphis comes into this weekend's game following an 85-64 win at Conference USA rival East Carolina on Wednesday. It was the Tigers' 48th straight win against a C-USA opponent.

The Tigers are ranked No. 18 in the latest Associated Press poll and at No. 19 in the current ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll.

This season, freshman guard Tyreke Evans leads the Tigers with 16.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Senior forward Robert Dozier ranks second on the team with 11.4 points per game, while senior guard Antonio Anderson has added 10.3 points per game.

Junior forward Shawn Taggart tops the Tigers with 7.3 rebounds per contest.

Head coach John Calipari is now in his ninth season at Memphis, posting a 236-68 (.776) record during that time. Calipari is in his 17th season overall as a head coach and has tallied a 429-139 (.755) all-time record. He is 13-3 (.813) all-time against the Cougars.

Following the Memphis game, the Cougars continue their road swing when it faces C-USA rival UCF at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, in Orlando, Fla. That game also will be televised live on CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613/Dish Network channel 152).

The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league- and crosstown-rival Rice at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the women's team, which also plays host to the Owls at 5 p.m.

Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by stopping by the Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Fans always can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking on the Tickets links.



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