Men's Hoops Looks to Rebound at Western Kentucky on Tuesday
Feb. 7, 2010
This will be the second straight season that the Cougars have faced the Hilltoppers after enjoying a 73-64 win on Nov. 15, 2008, in Houston's home opener at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (11-11 * 4-5 C-USA) enter this week's game on the heels of a tough 57-55 loss to Conference USA-rival Southern Miss on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. After battling back from a 5-point deficit in the final 2:19, the Cougars lost at the buzzer on a Southern Miss tip-in.
Against the Golden Eagles, senior guard Aubrey Coleman led all players with 22 points, while junior forward Maurice McNeil added 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season.
Coleman, who reigns as the national leader in scoring and steals, averages 25.9 points and ranks second on the team with 7.4 rebounds per game. He is one of only two players in the league to rank among the top-eight individual leaders in both categories.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team with 15.6 points per game and rank among the C-USA individual leaders in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers per game. McNeil tops the Cougars with 8.0 rebounds per game and ranks fourth on the team with 8.5 points per contest.
Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade leads the Cougars and ranks among the C-USA individual leaders with 5.2 assists and a 2.7-1 assist-turnover ratio per game.
Fans also can watch the game live on Fox Sports Houston Plus (Houston Comcast channel 76) with Randy Lee calling the play-by-play action and Hal Schmitt providing analysis. The game will re-air at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and at noon, Thursday, on Fox Sports Houston.
This season, guard A.J. Slaughter leads the team with 17.0 points and 4.0 assists per game and is one of four Hilltoppers averaging double-digit points. Pettigrew ranks second on the team with 15.2 points, while Kerusch stands third with 12.9 points and second with 6.4 rebounds per game. Jeremy Evans averages 10.3 points per game and tops the team with 7.3 boards per contest.
Now in his second season at Western Kentucky, Ken McDonald has posted a 38-20 (.655) career record during that time.
McDonald is 0-1 against the Cougars during his career.
Houston owns a 2-1 (.667) lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 29, 1953. Prior to last season's game, the Cougars had not faced Western Kentucky on the hardwood since December 31, 1968.
Tuesday's game will be the first time that the Cougars have faced the Hilltoppers on their home court.
That game can be heard 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.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.
The radio show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays for the remainder of the season. The next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders will broadcast live on Thursday, Feb. 11, from Ragin Cajuns (9600 Westheimer, Suite 80, Houston, 77063).
The show can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com and will be hosted by the "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Franklin.
Fans are invited to join Penders and Franklin at the selected restaurant each week as the duo discusses recent Cougar Basketball action and upcoming games, college basketball, the world of sports and much more.
Fans also can click the "Ask Coach Penders" button on the main page at UHCougars.com to submit a question that could be asked on the show.
Following the Feb. 11 show, fans can join the next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Chili's Too (4800 Calhoun) on the UH campus on Feb. 18.