Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face UAB on Wednesday

Feb. 19, 2008

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Houston men's basketball team will face UAB in a pivotal Conference USA matchup at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Bartow Arena.

The game features two of the Top Three teams in Conference USA and could go a long way in determining the seeding for the 2008 C-USA Championship in Memphis.

Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Carl Dukes providing color analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 10 minutes before tip-off.

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

The Cougars (19-5, 8-2 C-USA) come into the game after an impressive 69-47 win over C-USA rival SMU on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion. UH put on a long-range show against the Mustangs, draining 18 treys on a facility-record 43 three-point attempts.

Senior guard Robert McKiver led the way with six 3-pointers and was one of seven Cougars to hit at least one 3-pointer in the game. Senior guard Marcus Malone nailed three 3-pointers late in the first half to help give the Cougars a 23-point advantage at the break, while sophomore guard Kelvin Lewis added three treys on the way to 11 points.

This season, McKiver leads the Cougars with 21.2 points per game and ranks among the nation's leaders with 4.04 three-pointers per game.

Senior forward Dion Dowell is averaging a team-best seven rebounds per game, while senior guard Lanny Smith has dished out more than four assists per game to lead the Cougars.

UAB (17-8, 7-3 C-USA) has posted an all-time record of 14-4 against the Cougars in the all-time series, which began in 1997 when both teams began competing in Conference USA. However, the Cougars can boast of the most recent success after enjoying a 70-64 win on Feb. 17, 2007, in Houston.

The Cougars are 1-6 all-time in Birmingham and have lost their last three games on the Blazers' home court. UH has not enjoyed a win at UAB since Jan. 19, 2002.

UAB enters Wednesday's game on the heels of a 79-78 home loss to No. 1 Memphis. The Tigers' Chris Douglas-Roberts converted a 3-point play with less than seven seconds remaining to give Memphis the lead, and a UAB basket at the buzzer was waved off by officials to end the game.

That loss snapped the Blazers' 11-game winning streak at Bartow Arena to open the season.

Robert Vaden leads the Blazers with 21.2 points per game and is one of four UAB players averaging double digits in points. Walter Sharpe is second with 14.2 points, while Channing Toney and Lawrence Kinnard each are averaging more than 11 points per contest.



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