Men's Basketball Looks to Rebound at UAB on Saturday

Feb. 19, 2010

HOUSTON COUGARS (13-12 • 5-6 C-USA) at UAB BLAZERS (20-5 • 8-3 C-USA)
Feb. 20, 2010 • Bartow Arena (8,500) • Birmingham, Ala. • 7 p.m.

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it faces Conference USA-rival UAB at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Bartow Arena.

This will be the Cougars' second road game this week. On Tuesday, Houston dropped a tough 68-65 loss at league-rival UCF.

Against the Knights, senior point guard Aubrey Coleman led all players with 26 points and added eight rebounds. Coleman, who reigns as the national leader in both scoring (25.6) and steals (3.0), was the only Cougar to reach double-digit points.

With the loss to UCF, the Cougars fell to 13-12 overall and 5-6 in league games. The Cougars also stand in a three-way tie for sixth place in the league with UCF and Southern Miss.

Senior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team and sixth in the league with 15.6 points per game, while junior forward Maurice McNeil is tops with 7.7 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade leads the team and ranks third in C-USA with 5.0 assists per game. Freshman forward Kendrick Washington is averaging 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game but has emerged as a force for the Cougars in the frontcourt.

Against the Knights, Washington grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, the fourth straight game in which the Shreveport, La., native set or tied his career high in that category. In his last five games, Washington is averaging 5.8 points and 7.0 rebounds 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 6:45 p.m.

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

Winners of two of its last three games, UAB (20-5 • 8-3 C-USA) enters this weekend's contest following a 59-54 win at Conference USA rival Southern Miss on Wednesday night.

Against the Golden Eagles, senior forward Howard Crawford came off the bench to lead the Blazers with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Junior guard Jamarr Sanders added 14 points with a pair of 3-pointers, while junior guard Elijah Millsap added 13 points in the win.

The Blazers, who were the first team in C-USA to reach 20 wins this season, have posted a 10-2 record at Bartow Arena this season but are only 3-2 against C-USA teams.

This season, Millsap leads the Blazers and ranks among the league's top-10 leaders with 15.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He also averages a team-high 1.8 steals per contest.

Millsap is one of four Blazers to average double-digit points, joining Crawford (12.4), Sanders (11.2) and junior guard Aaron Johnson (10.2).

Johnson also tops UAB with 4.6 assists per game.

Mike Davis in his fourth year at the head of the UAB bench, posting an 80-43 (.650) record during that time. Now in his 10th season as a head coach, Davis has compiled a 195-122 (.615) mark during his career.

Before joining UAB, Davis served as the head coach at Indiana from 2000 to 2006., leading the Hoosiers to the NCAA national championship game in 2002.

For the 14th consecutive year, the Cougars will meet UAB on the hardcourt. The Blazers are one of only three current Conference USA teams (Memphis and UTEP) that can boast of a winning record against the Cougars in the all-time series.

The Blazers own a 15-5 (.750) lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1996-97 season when both teams began competing in C-USA. However, the Cougars have enjoyed the most recent success with a 75-56 win in the C-USA opener for both teams at Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 10, 2009.

That was the Cougars' second win in their last three outings against the Blazers.

UAB owns a 7-1 (.875) all-time record against the Cougars in Alabama. The Blazers have won their last four home contests against the Cougars, including a 101-99 win on Feb. 20, 2008, in the most recent action there. Only an 80-71 Cougar win on Jan. 19, 2002, prevents a longer UAB winning streak.

The Cougars return 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.

The game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at B>UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

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. 25, from Ragin Cajun (4302 Richmond, 77027).

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. 25 show, fans can join the next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill (6225 Washington,77077) on March 4.



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