Men's Basketball Plays Host to Conference USA-Rival UCF on Saturday
Feb. 20, 2009
The Cougars (16-8 7-4 C-USA) come into this weekend's game on the heels of a disappointing 88-83 loss at league-rival Marshall on Wednesday in West Virginia. With that loss, the Cougars saw their four-game winning streak snapped and fell into a tie for third place with UTEP and Tulsa in the latest C-USA standings with just more than two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Against the Thundering Herd, junior guard Aubrey Coleman scored a career-high 38 points with six rebounds and four steals.
It was the Houston native's third 30-point game of the season, making him only the 16th player in school history to accomplish that feat. Coleman boosted his team-high scoring average to 20.0 points per game, third highest in Conference USA.
Freshman point guard Desmond Wade leads the way with 4.1 assists per game and has committed only 32 turnovers total this season. With an assist : turnover ration of 3.06 : 1, the Linden, N.J., native ranks sixth in the country in the latest NCAA statistical standings.
This will be the second time that the Cougars have faced UCF this season. UH enjoyed a 97-69 win on Feb. 4 in Orlando, registering the most points and the biggest win in the series against the Knights.
UH brings a three-game winning streak against the Knights into this weekend's game. That streak was lengthened earlier this season when the Cougars enjoyed a 97-69 win at UCF on Feb. 4.
The Cougars have posted a 2-1 (.667) all-time record against the Knights inside the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars have won each of the last two meetings in Houston after dropping the first game of the series 66-56 on Jan. 14, 2006.
However, those games have been close with the Cougars winning 73-70 in overtime on Jan. 24, 2007, and 73-68 on March 5, 2008.
That win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Knights, which began, ironically, with the Cougars' 97-69 victory in Orlando on Feb. 4.
Senior guard Jermaine Taylor leads the Knights and Conference USA with 25.0 points per game, making him the only Knight to average double digits in points. Junior forward Tony Davis leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game, while Rompza is tops with 5.0 assists per contest.
Now in his 19th season overall, head coach Kirk Speraw has compiled a 345-232 (.596) all-time record during his career. In addition, he is 263-211(.550) in more than 15 seasons at UCF. Speraw is 2-6 (.250) all-time against the Cougars.
The game 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. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.
Fans also can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
The Cougars play host to No. 8/5 Memphis at 7 p.m., March 4, and then close out the regular season at 7 p.m., March 7, against Conference USA-rival SMU during Senior Day. Both games will be played inside Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus.
Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining Saturday home game against Conference USA-rival SMU on March 7. 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.