Men's Hoops Ready to Tackle SMU at 4 p.m., Saturday

Feb. 12, 2010

SMU MUSTANGS (11-12 • 4-5 C-USA) at HOUSTON COUGARS (12-11 • 4-4 C-USA)
Feb. 13, 2010 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 4 p.m.

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 3:45 p.m.
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HOUSTON - Fresh off a thrilling non-conference win, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 4 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to Conference USA-rival SMU inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (12-11 • 4-5 C-USA) enter this weekend's contest after a 74-72 win at Western Kentucky on Tuesday evening. After a missed Cougar jumper, junior guard Adam Brown rebounded the loose ball and was fouled with only 0.5 seconds remaining.

After a WKU technical foul, junior guard Kelvin Lewis buried both free throw attempts, and a length-of-the-court desperation pass by the Hilltoppers was knocked away to preserve the Cougar win.

Against the Hilltoppers, senior guard Aubrey Coleman led all players with 29 points and 13 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season. Coleman, who reigns as the national leader in both scoring and steals, paces the Cougars with 26.0 points and 3.1 steals per game.

With 7.5 rebounds per contest, the Houston native also ranks eighth in the league in rebounding, making him one of only two players to stand that high in both categories.

Lewis ranks second on the team with 15.4 points per game and stands among the national leaders in 3-point percentage and 3-point field goals per game.

Junior forward Maurice McNeil leads the Cougars with 8.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore point guard Desmond Wade is tops on the team and third in the league with 5.1 assists per contest.

Fans can hear Saturday'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 3:45 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats at UHCougars.com by clicking the GameTracker link.

SMU (11-12 • 4-5 C-USA) enters this weekend's game on the heels of a 62-51 loss to UTEP in Dallas on Wednesday night. It was the Mustangs' second loss in their last three games after a four-game winning streak.

Against the Miners, Mouhammad Faye came off the bench to lead SMU with 19 points and nine rebounds, while center Papa Dia added 11 points and eight boards.

This season, guard Derek Williams leads the Mustangs with 16.9 points, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Dia ranks second with 12.2 points per contest and tops the team with 8.5 boards per contest. Faye stands third among the Mustangs with 10.3 points per game.

Matt Doherty is in his fourth year at SMU, posting a 44-70 (.386) record during that time. In more than nine seasons as a collegiate head coach, Doherty has compiled a 134-141 (.487) overall record. He previously served as the head coach at Notre Dame (1999-00), North Carolina (2000-03) and Florida Atlantic (2005-06).

Doherty is 0-8 against the Cougars during his career.

This marks the fifth straight season that the Cougars will face SMU on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 41-22 (.651) lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1955-56 season but has been played at least once every year since the 2005-06 campaign.

Houston enters this weekend game on an eight-game winning streak against the Mustangs. The Cougars have not lost to SMU since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.

In 2008-09, the Cougars swept the regular-season series against the Mustangs and then took an 86-76 win on March 11, 2009, during the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.

The Cougars have posted a 20-6 (.769) all-time record against SMU in Houston and bring a four-game home winning streak against the Mustangs into this weekend's contest. Houston has not lost to SMU in Hofheinz Pavilion since a 94-80 defeat on Nov. 27, 1999.

A year ago, the Cougars enjoyed an 89-77 win on March 7, 2009, during the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Cougars hit the road for a pair of games against Conference USA opponents. The swing starts at 6 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, when the Cougars meet UCF at UCF Arena. From there, the team meets UAB at 7 p.m., Feb. 20, inside Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Ala.

Both games 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 for both games is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

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.

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. 18, from Chili's Too (4800 Calhoun) on the UH campus.

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. 18 show, fans can join the next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Ragin Cajun (4302 Richmond) on Feb. 25.



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