Men's Basketball Plays Host to Tulane on Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 10, 2011

at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-11 • 3-6 C-USA)
 Time  4 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Series History  Series tied at 12-12
 Last Time  Tulane won 79-76 • March 6, 2010
 Fogelman Arena • New Orleans, La.
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • Sports Talk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 3:45 p.m.
 Video  Live Streaming
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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HOUSTON - After a week-long break from its schedule, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 4 p.m., Saturday, when it plays host to Conference USA rival Tulane inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

This weekend's game will be the start of a brief homestand for the Cougars, who are nearing the end of their regular-season home schedule. Following the Tulane game, Houston plays host to SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

The Cougars (11-11 • 3-6 C-USA) look to snap a season-long five-game losing streak. In their most recent action, Houston dropped a 76-71 heartbreaker at Tulsa last weekend. It was the program's fifth overtime contest in 2010-11, setting a school single-season record.

This will be the first of two regular-season meetings against Tulane this season. The Cougars wrap up their regular-season road schedule against the Green Wave in New Orleans on March 2.

This season, senior guard Adam Brown leads the Cougars with 14.1 points per game. The San Antonio, Texas, native ranks among the C-USA individual leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-point field goals made per game, free throw percentage and minutes played.

Senior forward Maurice McNeil ranks second on the team with 13.0 points per game but tops the Cougars and ranks sixth in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game. The New York native led the Cougars with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting against Tulsa last weekend.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon has done a little of everything for the Cougars in 2010-11 and ranks among the C-USA top-five individual leaders in free throw percentage, assists and steals.

• Fans can join the "H" Association barbecue on Saturday and receive one reserved seat ticket to the Cougars' C-USA showdown against Tulane for only $20.

• As the Houston women's team continues its march toward the C-USA regular-season championship, fans that attend Saturday's men's game can enjoy a special deal.

Fans who show their Saturday's men's game ticket stubs on Sunday at any Hofheinz Pavilion ticket window at the Holman Street entrance can purchase general admission tickets to the women's game against East Carolina at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, for half price.

• 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.

Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 3:45 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

Tulane owns a 12-11 overall record and is 2-8 in Conference USA games. The Green Wave stands 11th in the league.

After starting 2-0 in C-USA games, the Green Wave have lost their last eight league games. In its most recent action, Tulane dropped a 66-61 decision at SMU on Wednesday.

Against the Mustangs, forward Johnny Mayhane and guard Jordan Callahan led the way with 16 points each. Guard Kendall Timmons added team highs of eight rebounds and five assists, while guard Kris Richard finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

This season, Timmons leads Tulane with 17.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Callahan ranks second with 13.5 points per game and leads the team with 3.8 assists per contest. Richard stands third on the team with 12.0 rebounds per game.

Head coach Ed Conroy has posted a 12-11 (.522) record during his first season at Tulane. He is 102-144 (.415) in eight seasons as a head coach. Conroy previously served as head coach at The Citadel (2006-10) and Francis Marion (1997-00).

He is 0-1 against the Cougars during his career. The Cougars claimed an 81-58 win against The Citadel on Dec. 21, 2009, in Hofheinz Pavilion.

This marks the 15th straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood. The series is tied at 12-12 after the Green Wave claimed a 79-76 win in New Orleans on March 6, 2010, in the most recent meeting.

That loss snapped the Cougars four-game winning streak against the Green Wave.

The Cougars are 7-3 (.700) all-time against the Green Wave in Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston has won its last two home games against Tulane, including an 83-64 win on Feb. 14, 2009.

The Cougars have not lost a home game to Tulane since a 63-61 setback on Jan. 26, 2005.

The Cougars wrap up their homestand when they face SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

From there, the team returns to action at 8:05 p.m., Feb. 19, when it meets UTEP at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The Miners, who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, escaped with a 57-52 win against the Cougars in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 22.



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