Men's Basketball on the Road at UTEP this Weekend

Feb. 17, 2011

at UTEP MINERS (19-6 • 7-3 C-USA)
 Time  7:05 p.m. (CST)/8:05 p.m. (MST)
 Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
 Location  Don Haskins Center (12,000) • El Paso, Texas
 Series History  UTEP leads 10-8
 Last Time  UTEP won 57-52 • Jan. 22, 2011
 Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • Sports Talk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 7:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (MST)
 Television  No Live Streaming
 CBS College Sports
 Jason Knapp, PxP; Wally Szczerbiak, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 8 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (MST)
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
 UTEP Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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EL PASO, Texas - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it meets Conference USA rival UTEP at 8:05 p.m. (CST)/7:05 p.m. (MST) at the Don Haskins Center.

The Miners escaped with a 57-52 win at Hofheinz Pavilion in mid-January, so the Cougars need a victory this weekend to split the regular-season series.

This will be the start of a tough stretch in the Cougars' schedule. During the next eight days, Houston will face three of the league's top four teams.

In their most recent game, the Cougars suffered a tough setback with a 65-51 loss to SMU at Hofheinz Pavilion on Wednesday. After the Cougars moved to within three points midway through the second half, SMU closed out the game on a 15-4 run to take the win.

Senior forward Maurice McNeil finished with 14 points and added three rebounds, while junior guard Darian Thibodeaux added 12 points with three 3-pointers.

This season, senior guard Adam Brown leads the Cougars with 13.6 points per game. McNeil ranks second on the team with 13.2 points per game but leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 7.9 rebounds per contest. The New York native ranks among the C-USA top-20 individual leaders in both categories.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon leads the team and league and ranks fifth nationally with a 92.3 free throw percentage. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native also stands among the league's top-five individual leaders in assists, steals and assist-turnover ratio.

Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (MST).

The game also can be seen live on CBS College Sports with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play action and Wally Szczerbiak providing analysis.

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

UTEP bring a 19-6 overall record, 7-3 in C-USA play, into this weekend's game. The Miners are currently in second place in the league, a half game behind league leader Memphis.

In their most recent action, the Miners dropped a 64-51 decision at Southern Miss after holding a double-digit, second-half lead.

Against Southern Miss, center Claude Britten finished with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting, while guard Randy Culpepper finished with 14 points and a team-high five assists. Guard Julyan Stone added a team-high nine rebounds.

This season, Culpepper leads UTEP with 18.8 points per game. Christian Polk ranks second among the Miners with 11.8 points per game, while Jeremy Williams stands third with 10.4 points per contest. Stone tops the Miners with 5.4 assists per game.

Now in his 17th season overall, head coach Tim Floyd owns a 347-186 (.651) career record. He is 19-6 (.760) during his first season at UTEP. With the Miners' win at Hofheinz Pavilion earlier this season, Floyd is 1-0 against the Cougars during his career.

Floyd previously served as the head coach at Idaho (1986-88), New Orleans (1988-94), Iowa State (1994-98) and USC (2005-09).

This marks the sixth straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood. UTEP owns an 11-8 (.579) lead in the all-time series, which began Dec. 28, 1979.

The series has been played at least once every season since the 2005-06 campaign when UTEP joined Conference USA. The two teams have squared off three times in each of the last three years, playing on each other's home court and at the Conference USA Championship.

UTEP joins UAB and Memphis as the only current C-USA schools that have a winning all-time record against the Cougars.

The Cougars have posted a 1-8 (.111) all-time record against the Miners in El Paso, Texas. UTEP enjoyed a 65-58 win against the Cougars on Feb. 3, 2010, in the most recent action in El Paso.

The Cougars continue their road swing when they meet Memphis at 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. That game will be televised live on CBS College Sports with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play action and Pete Gillen providing analysis.

From there, the team returns home to play host to league-rival UAB at 5 p.m., Feb. 26, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game also will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports.

Only two regular-season home games remain on the schedule, and fans can purchase their tickets now.

Fans also can buy 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.



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