Men's Basketball Ready to Face Tulane on Saturday

Sophomore forward Alandise Harris

Feb. 2, 2012

at TULANE GREEN WAVE (14-8 • 2-6 C-USA)
 Time  7 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012
 Location  Fogelman Arena (3,600) • New Orleans, La.
 Radio  Live Audio Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Video Streaming
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  Series tied 13-13
 Tulane won last • Teams split last four
 Last Meeting  Tulane won 80-77
 March 2, 2011 • New Orleans, La.
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NEW ORLEANS - Winners of two of its last three games, the University of Houston men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when they face Conference USA-rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Fogelman Arena.

Saturday's game marks the end of a six-day, two-game road swing for the Cougars, who left Houston on Tuesday afternoon, In their most recent action, the Cougars dropped an 80-69 decision at UAB on Wednesday evening in Birmingham, Ala.

Houston trailed by as many as 21 points late in the first half but battled back to trim the deficit to five points midway through the final period. However, that would be as close as the Cougars could get the rest of the way.

Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas finished with a career-high-tying 16 points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double and his sixth of the season. He became the first player since Aubrey Coleman in 2008-09 to record three straight double-doubles.

The Killeen, Texas, native ranks among the C-USA top-10 individual leaders in rebounding average, blocks average and field-goal percentage.

Sophomore forward Alandise Harris and junior guard Jonathon Simmons tied for team-high honors with 17 points apiece against the Blazers. This season, Simmons ranks ninth in the league with 15.0 points per game, while Harris stands 10th at 14.0 points per contest.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.

Fans can see and hear the audio and video streams live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Tulane owns a 14-8 overall record and stands in a tie for 10th place with a 2-6 mark in C-USA games. The Green Wave is 11-2 at Fogelman Arena this season.

In its most recent action, Tulane dropped a 63-44 decision at Marshall on Wednesday. It was the Green Wave's second straight loss.

Against the Thundering Herd, guard Ricky Tarrant led Tulane with 18 points, including a 9-of-9 performance from the free throw line. Forward Jordan Callahan scored 17 points, while forward Josh Davis led all players with 10 rebounds.

This season, Tarrant leads the team with 13.9 points per game. Kendall Timmons stands second among the Green Wave with 13.6 points per game but will miss the rest of the season due to an Achilles tendon injury. Callahan ranks third with 11.7 points per game, while Davis averages 10.5 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game.

Head coach Ed Conroy is in his second season at Tulane and his 10th season overall. He has posted a 117-158 career record and a 27-25 mark at Tulane.

Conroy, a 1989 graduate of The Citadel, is 1-2 against the Cougars, including a 1-1 mark against Houston as Tulane's head coach.

He previously served as the head coach at The Citadel (2006-10) and Francis Marion (1997-00).

This marks the 16th straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood.

Saturday's game will be the first of two meetings during the regular season. The Cougars play host to Tulane at 7 p.m., Feb. 29, on Senior Night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Series is tied at 13-13 and began in December 1946. It has been played at least once every season since the 1996-97 campaign when Houston joined Conference USA.

Tulane claimed an 80-77 win on March 2, 2011, in New Orleans in the most recent meeting.

The Cougars have posted a 4-8 all-time record against the Green Wave in New Orleans. Tulane has won the last two games in New Orleans. Houston has not won in the Big Easy since a 66-56 victory on Feb. 9, 2008.

The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to crosstown rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday. That game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net with Ron Thulin calling the play-by-play action, Mike Gminksi providing analysis and Jenn Hildreth on the sidelines.

From there, the Cougars hit the road to face Tulsa at 7 p.m., Feb. 11. Houston enjoyed a 70-69 win in overtime on Jan. 4 to open the C-USA season.

The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Southern Miss at 8 p.m., Feb. 18. That game will be televised live on CSS.

Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.


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