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    Feb. 7, 2010

    GAME 23
    HOUSTON COUGARS (11-11 • 4-5 C-USA) at WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS (13-11 • 6-6 SBC)
    Feb. 9, 2010 • E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326) • Bowling Green, Ky. • 7 p.m.

    MEDIA INFORMATION
    RADIO:
    Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
    Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
    INTERNET AUDIO : live audio broadcast
    TELEVISION: Fox Sports Houston Plus (DirecTV channel 680; Dish Network channel 475; Houston Comcast channel 76) • Randy Lee, PxP, Hal Schmitt, analyst
    LIVE STATS: Live Stats

    GAME NOTES
    Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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    Conference USA Notebook Get Acrobat Reader


    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up its non-conference, regular-season schedule at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when they meet Sun Belt Conference member Western Kentucky inside E.A. Diddle Arena.

    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.


    RADIO/TV INFORMATION
    Fans can hear Tuesday's game 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.

    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.


    LIVE STATS
    Fans can follow live stats from Tuesday's game by clicking the "Live Stats" link at UHCougars.com.


    ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY
    Western Kentucky (13-11 • 6-6 SBC) enters Tuesday's game on the heels of an 87-69 win against Sun Belt Conference-rival Troy on Saturday. In that game, forward Steffphon Pettigrew led the Hilltoppers with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting and added a team-high seven rebounds. Guard A.J. Slaughter finished with 17 points, while forward Caden Dickerson and Sergio Kerusch each chipped in with 15 points.

    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.


    SERIES HISTORY vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
    Tuesday's game will be only the fourth meeting in the series against Western Kentucky. However, it will be the second straight season that the two teams have squared off. A year ago, the Cougars enjoyed 73-64 win against the Hilltoppers in their home opener on Nov. 15, 2008.

    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.


    UP NEXT
    The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion this weekend to play host to Conference USA-rival SMU at 4 p.n., Saturday.

    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.


    TICKETS INFORMATION
    Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.


    THE PULSE WITH Tom Penders Fans are invited to each broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders from various restaurants throughout Houston.

    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.

     

     

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