Feb. 20, 2011
|HOUSTON COUGARS (12-13 4-8 C-USA)|
at MEMPHIS TIGERS (20-7 8-4 C-USA)
|Time||8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011|
|Location||FedExForum (18,400) Memphis, Tenn.|
|Series History||Memphis leads 24-12|
|Last Time|| Houston won 66-65 March 11, 2010
C-USA Championship Quarterfinals
BOK Center Tulsa, Okla.
|Radio|| Live Streaming
Houston Sports Network Sports Talk 790 AM KBME
Tom Franklin, PxP
Broadcast begins at 7:45 p.m.
|Television|| No Live Streaming
CBS College Sports
Tom McCarthy, PxP; Pete Gillen, analyst
Broadcast begins at 8 p.m.
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
Conference USA Notebook
|Social Media||Facebook Twitter|
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up a brief road swing when it meets Conference USA rival Memphis at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside the FedExForum.
The Cougars (12-13 4-8 C-USA) enter the game on the heels of a tough 76-64 loss at C-USA leader UTEP on Saturday in El Paso, Texas.
Against the Miners, freshman forward Alandise Harris scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds. Senior forward Maurice McNeil added 13 points with a team-high seven rebounds, while senior guard Zamal Nixon finished with 11 points.
Nixon, who went 3-of-3 from the free throw line, has hit his last 16 attempts from the charity stripe. The Brooklyn, N.Y., leads the Cougars and Conference USA and is tied for third nationally with a 92.6 free throw percentage (63-of-68).
The Cougars' only 3-year letterman has done a little of everything for the program this season, ranking among the C-USA top-five individual leaders in steals (2nd), assists (3rd) and assist-turnover ratio (4th).
As he has since the first game of the season, senior guard Adam Brown continues to lead the Cougars in scoring with 13.3 points per game. The San Antonio, Texas, native ranks among the C-USA individual leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, 3-point field-goal percentage and 3-point field goals made per game.
McNeil leads the Cougars and ranks sixth in the league with 7.8 rebounds per contest and stands among the C-USA top-20 individual leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, blocked shots, offensive and defensive rebounds and double-doubles.
Tuesday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 7:45 p.m.
The game also can be seen live on CBS College Sports with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play action and Pete Gillen providing analysis.
Fans can follow live stats from Tuesday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
Memphis brings a 20-7 overall record (8-4 in C-USA) into Tuesday's game. The Tigers currently stand in a tie for fourth place with Tulsa.
Memphis enters the game on the heels of a 67-52 loss at Rice on Saturday. It was the Tigers' first ever loss to Rice.
Against the Owls, Antonio Barton came off the bench to score 14 points, while reserve D.J. Stephens added a team-high seven rebounds. No other Tiger scored more than eight points in the loss.
This season, Will Barton leads the Tigers with 13.2 points per game, while Wesley Witherspoon ranks second with 10.9 points per contest. Tarik Black tops the Tigers with 5.0 rebounds per game, while Will Barton is a close second with 4.96 rebounds per contest. Joe Jackson leads the team with 3.4 assists per game.
SERIES HISTORY vs. MEMPHIS
This marks the 17th straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood. Memphis owns a 24-12 (.667) lead in the all-time series, which began in December 1956 but has been played every year since the 1994-95 season.
The Cougars can boast of the most recent success and enter Tuesday's game on a two-game winning streak against the Tigers. It is the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Cougars have reeled off consecutive wins against the Tigers.
The Cougars are 3-15 (.167) all-time against the Tigers in Memphis. Houston has lost their last 10 games at Memphis and not won a road game in Tennessee since a 76-73 win on Feb. 16, 2002.
In the most recent action at FedExForum, the Cougars dropped a 92-77 decision on Jan. 23, 2010.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it meets UAB at 5 p.m., Feb. 26, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
From there, the team hits the road for the final time when it travels to New Orleans to meet Tulane at 7 p.m., March 2, in Fogelman Arena.
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.