Jan. 30, 2011
|MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD (14-7 2-4 C-USA)|
at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-9 4-3 C-USA)
|Time||8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas|
|Series History|| Houston leads 5-1
Houston won last game
|Last Time|| Houston won 81-66, Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston,
Jan. 30, 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|| No Live Streaming
CBS College Sports
Roger Twibell, PxP; Steve Lappas, analyst
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Conference USA Notebook
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team look to return to its winning ways when it plays host to Conference USA-rival Marshall at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter Tuesday's game on the heels of a tough 74-70 loss at East Carolina on Saturday. The Pirates used a 17-4 rally during the final four minutes to escape with the win.
Although they have lost a season-long, three consecutive games, the Cougars have put themselves in position to win in each of those setbacks. Houston has held second-half leads in each of those games and lost by a combined 17 points with none of those losses coming by more than eight points.
Against East Carolina, senior forward Maurice McNeil led the Cougars with 18 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds for his team-leading seventh double-double of the season. The New York native was one of four Cougars to reach double digits, joining freshman forward Alandise Harris (16), senior guard Adam Brown (12) and senior guard Zamal Nixon (10).
This season, Brown leads the Cougars and ranks 14th in the league with 14.8 points per game. McNeil tops the Cougars and ranks sixth in C-USA with 8.2 rebounds per contest, while Nixon ranks among the league's top-five individual leaders in assists, steals, free throw percentage and assist-turnover ratio.
Tuesday's game will be the first time that Dickey has faced Marshall. The Thundering Herd will be the 77th different team that Dickey has faced during his career.
Tuesday'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 CBS College Sports with Roger Twibell calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas serving as analyst.
Fans can see the game live on DirecTV (channel 613), Dish Network (channel 152) and U-Verse (channel 643 - standard definition; channel 1643 - high definition).
Fans can follow live stats from Wednesday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
Marshall owns a 14-7 overall record and 2-4 mark in C-USA games to stand in ninth place. The Thundering Herd enters Tuesday's game following an 85-70 win against Memphis on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va.
The win snapped their two-game losing streak and was only the Herd's second win in the last five games.
Against Memphis, guard DeAndre Kane led four Marshall players in double digits with 20 points. Guard Damier Pitts added 17 points with a game-high five assists, while forward Tirrell Baines finished with 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Guard Shaquille Johnson added 10 points with five rebounds and three assists.
This season, Kane and Pitts are tied for the team lead with 15.3 points per game. Baines ranks third on the team with 12.8 points per game but tops the Herd with 7.4 rebounds per contest. Johnson averaged 10.0 points per game to stand fourth on the team.
Head coach Tom Herrion is in his first season at Marshall. He previously served at College of Charleston from 2002 to 2006 and compiled an 80-38 (.678) record during that time. Herrion brings a 94-45 (.676) career record into Tuesday's game.
SERIES HISTORY vs. MARSHALL
For the sixth straight season, Houston meets Marshall in basketball. The Cougars own a 5-1 (.833) lead and won the recent meeting with an 81-66 victory at Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 30, 2010.
The most recent Cougar win came after Marshall's lone victory in the series, an 88-83 decision in Huntington, W.Va., on Feb. 18, 2009.
The Cougars are 3-0 against Marshall at Hofheinz Pavilion, and those games have not been close with the Cougars winning by at least 13 points in each contest.
The Cougars hit the road again to face Tulsa for the second time this season at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. Earlier this season, the Cougars enjoyed a 64-57 win against the Golden Hurricane in Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the team returns home for another homestand at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars meet Tulane at 4 p.m., Feb. 12, before playing host to SMU at 7 p.m., Feb. 16.
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.