Feb. 14, 2010
HOUSTON COUGARS (13-11 5-4 C-USA) at UCF KNIGHTS (12-12 4-6 C-USA)
Feb. 16, 2010 UCF Arena (10,000) Orlando, Fla. 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST)
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (EST)
INTERNET AUDIO: live audio broadcast
TELEVISION: CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129) Matt Stewart, PxP; Brian Oliver, analyst
LIVE STATS: GameTracker
ORLANDO - Winners of its last two games, the University of Houston men's basketball team looks to extend its streak when it meets Conference USA-rival UCF at 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, inside UCF Arena.
The Cougars (13-11 5-5 C-USA) will have revenge against the Knights on their mind when they meet Tuesday. UCF took advantage of cold shooting by the Cougars to take a 78-71 win on Jan. 20 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston enters Tuesday's game on the heels of a 66-60 win against C-USA rival SMU on Saturday in Houston. SMU rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to tie the game at 58-58 with only 76 seconds left in the game.
However, the Cougars scored eight of the game's final 10 points - all from the free throw line with four from senior guard Kelvin Lewis - to win their ninth straight game against the Mustangs. Houston has not lost to SMU since a 95-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.
Lewis broke out of a shooting slump, hitting 9-of-17 3-point attempts on the way to a season-high 29 points. The Fort Worth, Texas, native had converted only nine of his last 36 attempts in the previous six games.
This season, Lewis ranks second on the team and sixth in the league with 16.0 points per game.
Senior guard Aubrey Coleman continues to reign as the national leader with 25.6 points and 3.0 steals per game. The Houston native, combined with Lewis, gives the Cougars top of the top six scoring leaders in Conference USA.
Junior forward Maurice McNeil leads the Cougars and ranks seventh in the league with 7.7 rebounds per contest. Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade tops team and stands third in the league with 5.0 assists per contest.
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 5:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (EST).
Fans can follow live stats at UHCougars.com by clicking the GameTracker link.
UCF (12-12 4-6 C-USA) enters Tuesday's game on the heels of a 62-54 home win against Conference USA-rival Tulane last weekend. It was the Knights' second win in their last three games but only their third win in the last nine contests.
Against the Green Wave, sophomore guard AJ. Rompza led the Knights with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four assists and three steals. Isaac Sosa came off the bench to tally 13 points with three 3-pointers of his own.
This season, junior forward A.J. Tyler averages 10.2 points per game. However, three other players chip in with at least nine points per contest, including freshman forward Keith Clanton, whose 6.3 rebounds per game paces the Knights. Rompza tops the team with 4.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Kirk Speraw is in his 17th year as the head coach at UCF, compiling a 276-228 (.548) record during that time. In more than 19 seasons as a head coach, Speraw has posted a 358-249 (.590) mark. He previously served as the head coach at Pensacola Junior College from 1987 to 1990.
SERIES HISTORY vs. UCF
This marks the fifth season that the Cougars have faced UCF in men's basketball. The Cougars own a 7-3 (.700) lead in the all-time series, which began Jan. 14, 2006, and has been played at least twice every season since the 2005-06 campaign.
UCF can boast of the most recent success after taking a 78-71 win at Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 20. That loss snapped the Cougars' four-game winning streak against the Knights. Despite the Cougars' recent success, the series has been a close one. Of the Cougars last five wins in the series, four have been by five or fewer points.
The Cougars own a 3-1 lead (.750) against the Knights at UCF. In the most recent action there, UH claimed a 97-69 win on Feb. 4, 2009 . This will be the fifth straight season that the Cougars travel to the Sunshine State to meet the Knights.
The Cougars continue their road swing when they meet UAB at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Ala.
Houston returns home to play host to league-rival Memphis at 7 p.m., Feb. 24, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Tigers claimed a 92-77 win on Jan. 23 in Memphis, Tenn.
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 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.
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.