Men's Hoops Plays Host to Memphis on Wednesday Night

Feb. 23, 2010

MEMPHIS TIGERS (20-7 • 10-2) at HOUSTON COUGARS (13-13 • 5-7 C-USA)
Feb. 24, 2010 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 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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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to Conference USA-rival Memphis inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (13-13 • 5-7 C-USA) look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Tigers. In its most recent action, Houston dropped a 75-66 decision at league-foe UAB on Saturday. That loss pushed the Cougars into a three-way tie for seventh place in the latest league standings with SMU and UCF.

Against the Blazers, senior guard Aubrey Coleman led the Cougars with 20 points, while junior guard Zamal Nixon came off the bench to post 15 points with three steals and three assists. Junior forward Maurice McNeil added 12 points and eight rebounds, while freshman forward Kendrick Washington posted a team-high 10 rebounds, the fifth straight game that the Shreveport, La., native set or tied his career high in that category.

This season, Coleman leads the nation with 25.4 points and ranks second nationally with 2.9 steals per game. In addition, the Houston native ranks among the league's top-10 leaders with 7.4 rebounds per game, making him one of only two players to stand that high in both scoring and rebounding.

Senior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second with 15.0 points per game, while McNeil is tops with 7.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade leads the Cougars and is tied for third in the league with 4.8 assists per contest.

• Representatives from ICON will be on hand to distribute 500 baseball schedule magnets.

• Members of the 2010 Houston Baseball team will be on hand to pass out this season's schedule cards, while personnel from the Athletics Ticket Office will be available to order baseball tickets.

Close the Gap, a national initiative aimed at addressing disparities in cardiovascular care for the underserved patient populations of women, black Americans and Latino Americans, will staff an educational booth on the topic on the concourse.

• At halftime, Corbin J. Robertson Society full scholarship and endowment donors will be recognized on the court.

• Fans also can enjoy a special performance of Mascot Basketball at halftime.

Fans can hear Wednesday'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 its last four games, Memphis (20-7 • 10-2 C-USA) enters Wednesday's game following a 76-63 home win against league-rival SMU on Saturday.

Against the Mustangs, freshman guard Elliot Williams led four Tigers in double digits with 16 points and three 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Wesley Witherspoon and junior guard Roburt Sallie each posted 15 points with Witherspoon's eight rebounds and six assists leading the Tigers.

The Tigers have posted a combined 6-4 (.600) record away from Memphis, going 6-3 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites.

This season, Williams leads the Tigers and ranks among the C-USA individual leaders with 19.1 points per game, while Witherspoon's 12.4 points per contest ranks second on the team. Sallie stands third with 10.9 points per game, and senior guard Doneal Mack ranks fourth with 10.5 points per game.

Junior forward Will Coleman is tops with 5.7 rebounds per game, while senior guard Willie Kemp leads the team with 4.0 assists per game.

Josh Pastner is in his first year as a collegiate head coach at Memphis, posting a 20-7 (.741) record during that time. He previously served for 12 years at Arizona as a player, staff member and assistant coach.

For the 16th consecutive season and the second time in 2009-10, the Cougars will meet Memphis on the hardwood. Memphis enjoyed a 92-77 win against the Cougars on Jan. 23 at FedExForum in Tennessee.

The Tigers own a 24-10 (.706) lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 8, 1956, and has been played at least once every season since the 1994-95 campaign. Memphis is one of only three current C-USA teams (UAB and UTEP) that can boast a winning all-time record against the Cougars.

The Tigers bring an 11-game winning streak against the Cougars into Wednesday's game. Houston has not defeated the Tigers since a 66-53 decision on Feb. 5, 2005, at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Memphis has compiled a 9-4 (.692) record against the Cougars in Houston. The Tigers bring a three-game winning streak against the Cougars into Wednesday's game. Houston has not knocked off the Tigers at Hofheinz Pavilion since the 2004-05 season.

That is the Cougars' only home win against Memphis in the last eight games.

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.

The Cougars return to the road this weekend to meet Conference USA-rival SMU at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

The game can be heard 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.



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