Men's Basketball Plays Host to Tulane at 7 p.m., Saturday, in Hofheinz Pavilion

Feb. 13, 2009

TULANE GREEN WAVE (10-13 • 4-6 C-USA) at HOUSTON COUGARS (15-7 • 6-3 C-USA)
Feb. 14, 2009 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 7 p.m.

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson, analyst
INTERNET AUDIO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker at UHCougars.com
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HOUSTON - Winners of its last three games, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Saturday, when it plays host to Conference USA-rival Tulane inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (15-7 • 6-3 C-USA) enter this weekend's game on the heels of a 69-56 win at league-rival SMU on Wednesday, the team's sixth-straight win against the Mustangs. That win, combined with losses by other C-USA teams, pushed the Cougars into a tie with UAB for third place in the latest league standings, only a half-game behind second-place Tulsa.

Against SMU, senior center Marcus Cousin scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to record his team-leading eighth double-double of the season. With his rebounding total, the Baltimore native moved into first place in the latest C-USA statistical rankings with 9.3 boards per contest.

Cousin also ranks third among the Cougars with 11.9 points per game.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman leads the Cougars with 20.0 points per game and ranks second on the team and fourth in the league with 8.0 rebounds per contest. He is the only player to stand among the league's top-four leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team with 18.8 points per game and ranks among the C-USA and national leaders with more than three 3-pointers per game.

Freshman point guard Desmond Wade leads the Cougars with 4.1 assists per game and has committed only 30 turnovers total this season. Sophomore guard Zamal Nixon, who is expected to make his fifth straight start, dished out a career-high-tying seven assists in Wednesday's win at SMU.

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 and Willis Wilson providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

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

• Fans are invited to stay near the court at halftime of Saturday's game as Cougar mascot Shasta gives a special Valentine's Day performance.

• 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.

For the 13th consecutive season, the Cougars will meet Tulane on the hardwood. The series, which began in 1946-47, is tied at 11 games apiece. The Cougars have played the Green Wave at least once every year since the 1996-97 season when both teams began competing as members of Conference USA.

UH also brings a three-game winning streak against the Green Wave into this weekend's game. The Cougars have not lost to Tulane since a 63-61 setback in Houston on Jan. 26, 2005.

The Cougars own a 6-3 (.667) all-time record against the Green Wave in Houston. However, the two teams have split the last four games in Hofheinz Pavilion. UH can boast of the most recent success after taking a 78-70 win on Feb. 21, 2007, in Houston.

Tulane enters this weekend's game after a 73-64 home win against Conference USA-rival East Carolina on Wednesday. That win snapped the Green Wave's season-long three-game losing streak.

In that game, junior guard Kevin Sims led four Tulane players in double digits with 18 points, while senior forward Robinson Louisme enjoyed a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass.

Kevin Sims leads Tulane with 12.3 points per game, while Kris Richard and Robinson Louisme rank second with 10.3 points per contest. Louisme also tops the Green Wave with 6.7 rebounds per game, while Sims paces the team with 3.9 assists per game.

Now in his third season at Tulane and overall, head coach Dave Dickerson has posted a 56-58 (.491) all-time record during his career. He is 0-3 against Houston.

Following the Tulane game, the Cougars hit the road to meet Conference USA-rival Marshall at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, in Huntington, W.Va. It will be the only regular-season meeting between the Cougars and Thundering Herd.

Following the Marshall game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league-rival UCF at 7 p.m., Feb. 28 , inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the second regular-season meeting between the two teams after the Cougars enjoyed a 97-69 win in Orlando on Feb. 4.

Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining Saturday home games (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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