Men's Basketball Returns to Hofheinz Pavilion this Weekend

Feb. 24, 2011

UAB BLAZERS (19-7 • 9-4 C-USA)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (12-14 • 4-9 C-USA)
 Time  5 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Series History  UAB leads 16-5
 Last Time  UAB won 75-66 • Feb. 20, 2010
 Bartow Arena • Birmingham, Ala.
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • Sports Talk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes
 Broadcast begins at 4:45 p.m.
 Television  No Live Streaming
 CBS College Sports
 Dave Ryan, PxP; Pete Gillen, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 5 p.m.
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 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to Hofheinz Pavilion this weekend when it plays host to Conference USA leader UAB at 5 p.m., Saturday.

The Cougars look to snap a three-game losing streak when they meet the Blazers for the only time during the regular season. In Houston's most recent action, Memphis used a late rally to break open a close game and hand the Cougars a 69-58 loss at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

Against the Tigers, freshman forward Alandise Harris did a little of everything to lead the Cougars, racking up game highs of 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and three steals.

For the first time this season, the Cougars have a new scoring leader. Senior forward Maurice McNeil finished with 11 points against the Tigers earlier this week and now tops the team with 13.1 points per game. The New York native has led the Cougars in rebounding for most of the season and currently averages 7.6 boards per contest.

Senior guard Adam Brown ranks second on the team with 13.0 points per game, while Harris stands third on the team with 9.5 points per contest.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon ranks among the C-USA top-five individual leaders in free throw percentage, assists, steals and assist-turnover ratio. With a 91.9 percentage, he leads the Cougars and Conference USA and ranks third in the nation in free throw percentage.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native saw his streak of consecutive free throws made snapped at 21 straight after missing his sixth and final attempt against the Tigers.

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 tab at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.

Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m.

The game also can be seen live on CBS College Sports with Dave Ryan calling the play-by-play action and Pete Gillen providing analysis. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

UAB owns a 19-7 overall record and is 9-4 in Conference USA games to stand atop the league with Southern Miss and Memphis.

The Blazers will be well-rested coming into this weekend's game. UAB took a break from midweek competition following their 63-58 home win against UCF last weekend. It was the Blazers' fourth win in their last five games.

Against UCF, guard Aaron Johnson led four Blazers in double digits with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added a game-high six assists. Forward Ovie Soko added 13 points, while forward Jamarr Sanders added 12 points with three 3-pointers. Preston Purifoy came off the bench to post 11 points with three treys of his own.

This season, Sanders leads UAB with 17.9 points per game, while Cameron Moore ranks second with 15.6 points per contest. However, Moore has been out of the UAB lineup since Feb. 12 after breaking his hand in practice.

Johnson stands third among the Blazers with 11.6 points per game. Moore tops the team with 9.8 rebounds per contest, while Johnson leads the way with 7.5 assists per game.

Mike Davis is in his fifth season at UAB, posting a 104-55 (.654) record during that time. Now in his 11th season as a head coach, Davis has compiled a 219-134 (.620) record. He previously served as head coach at Indiana from 2000 to 2006.

Davis is 2-2 during his career against Houston with all those games coming during his UAB tenure.

This marks the 15th straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood. UAB owns a 19-7 (.731) lead in the all-time series, which began in 1996-97 and has been played at least once every year since.

The Blazers have won two of the last three games, including a 75-66 win on Feb. 20, 2010, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala., in the most recent action.

However, the Cougars enjoyed an 85-65 decision at Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 10, 2009, in their most recent win against the Blazers.

Houston is 4-7 (.364) against the Blazers at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars have won their last two home encounters against the Blazers in Houston. Houston has not lost to UAB at home since a 71-66 setback on March 5, 2005.

The Cougars begin the final week of the regular season when they hit the road to play C-USA rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in Fogelman Arena in New Orleans.

Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it plays host to crosstown rival Rice at 5 p.m., March 6. Guards Zamal Nixon, Adam Brown and Cory Tellis and forward Maurice McNeil will be honored in Senior Day ceremonies.

The Cougars also look for some revenge against the Owls, who claimed a 79-71 win at Tudor Fieldhouse on Jan. 26.



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