Men's Basketball to Face C-USA Rival SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday

Feb. 10, 2009

HOUSTON COUGARS (14-7 • 5-3 C-USA) at SMU MUSTANGS (7-14 • 1-7 C-USA)
Feb. 11, 2009 • Moody Coliseum (8,998) • Dallas, Texas • 7 p.m.

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
TELEVISION: Metro Sports (Channel 185 in DFW on Time-Warner Cable) • C.J. Martin, PxP; Dave Michaels, analyst
INTERNET AUDIO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
INTERNET VIDEO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: Live Stats at UHCougars.com
Houston Notes vs. SMU (Feb. 11, 2009) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader
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Conference USA Notebook (Feb. 10, 2009) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

DALLAS - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it faces Conference USA-rival SMU inside Moody Coliseum.

The Cougars (14-7 • 5-3 C-USA) enter Wednesday's game on the heels of a 72-65 win against crosstown-rival Rice last weekend in Hofheinz Pavilion. It was the team's second straight win and pushed the Cougars into sole possession of fourth place in the latest league standings.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman, who was honored Monday as the C-USA Player of the Week, leads the Cougars with 20.0 points and ranks second with 8.2 rebounds per game. He is the only player in the conference to rank among the top-four individual leaders in both scoring and rebounding and became only the 10th player in school history to record back-to-back 30-point games following a 30-point effort at C-USA rival UCF on Feb. 4.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team and third in the league with 19.1 points per game, while senior center Marcus Cousin is tops with 9.0 rebounds per contest, ranking third in C-USA. Freshman point guard Desmond Wade leads the Cougars with 4.3 assists per game and ranks fourth in the nation with 3.27 assists per turnover.

During Wednesday's game, head coach Tom Penders - who is now in his fifth season at UH - will break into the NCAA Division I top-20 all-time leaders in games coached. Penders, who has competed in 1,039 games during his 35-year career, currently is tied with Ralph Miller, who coaches Wichita State, Iowa and Oregon from 1952-89.

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.

Fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area also can see the game live on Metro Sports (Channel 185 on Time-Warner Cable) with C.J. Martin calling the play-by-play action and Dave Michaels providing analysis.

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

For the fourth straight season, the Cougars will face SMU on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 38-22 (.633) lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1995-96 season and has been played at least once every year since the 2005-06 campaign.

The two teams met at least twice every year from the 1975-76 season through the 1995-96 season as rivals in the Southwest Conference.

The Cougars also bring a five-game winning streak against the Mustangs into Wednesday's game. UH has not lost to SMU since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.

The Cougars have posted a 14-10 (.583) all-time record against SMU in Dallas and bring a two-game road winning streak into Wednesday's game. UH has not lost to the Mustangs in Dallas since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.

SMU enters Wednesday's game after taking a 73-56 win against Cal State Bakersfield in non-conference competition Saturday. In that game, guard Paul McCoy led the way with 19 points, while backcourt partner Derek Williams added 11 points.

This season, McCoy leads the Mustangs with 13.2 points per game, while Williams is second with 12.5 points per contest. Bamba Fall paces SMU with a team-high 7.3 rebounds and has added 8.3 points per game, while Mouhammad Faye ranks third with 10.1 points per game.

Now in his eighth year overall, head coach Matt Doherty has posted a 120-122 career record. In more than two years at SMU, he has compiled a 30-51 mark. He is 0-4 against the Cougars with all four losses coming during his stint at SMU.

Following the SMU game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league-rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the women's team, which plays host to UTEP at noon.

Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining Saturday home games (Feb. 14, vs. Tulane; Feb. 21, vs. UCF and March 7, vs. SMU). For more information, please call the Marketing Office at 713-743-9453.

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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