Men's Basketball to Face Rice at 3 p.m., Saturday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse

Feb. 27, 2009

HOUSTON COUGARS (17-9 • 8-5 C-USA) at RICE OWLS (9-18 • 4-9 C-USA)
Feb. 28, 2009 • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,208) • Houston, Texas • 3 p.m. (CST)

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
INTERNET VIDEO: live broadcast at UHCougars.com
INTERNET AUDIO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps ups its regular-season road schedule at 3 p.m., Saturday, when it meets crosstown- and Conference USA-rival Rice inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.

The Cougars (17-9 • 8-5 C-USA) enter this weekend's game on the heels of a 77-68 loss at Conference USA-rival Tulsa on Wednesday. That loss dropped the Cougars into a tie with UTEP for fourth place in the latest league standings.

The top-four seeds earn first-round byes at the 2009 C-USA Championship, hosted by Memphis on March 11-14 at the FedExForum.

The Cougars will be looking to sweep the regular-season series against the Owls after taking a 72-65 win on Feb. 7 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. UH also brings a five-game winning streak against the Owls into this weekend's game.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman continues to lead the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 20.0 points per game. Junior guard Kelvin Lewis, who posted a team-high 24 points in the loss to the Golden Hurricane, ranks second on the team with 18.6 points per contest.

Senior center Marcus Cousin leads the Cougar and ranks third in the league with 8.9 rebounds per contest, while freshman point guard Desmond Wade ranks eighth nationally with 3.03 assists per turnover.

Cougar Men's Basketball games 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 can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

This is the 14th straight season and the 36th in the last 38 years that the Cougars have faced Rice on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 54-14 (.794) lead in the all-time series, which began in 1971-72 and has been played at least once every year since the 1998-99 campaign.

With the exception of the 1996-97 and the 1997-98 seasons, the Cougars have played Rice at least once every year since 1971-72. The Cougars also bring a five-game winning streak into this weekend's game after enjoying a 72-65 win on Feb. 7 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Owls rank as one of the most regular opponents in UH history. With the completion of Saturday's game, Rice will move into a tie with TCU as the second-most regular opponent in UH history with 69 games. Texas A&M is the most common opponent in UH history, facing the Cougars 83 times.

The Cougars have posted a 21-10 (.677) all-time record at Rice. However, Tudor Fieldhouse and Autry Court (Rice's old home facility) have become hostile places for the Cougars in recent history.

UH has lost its last six road games against Rice and not defeated the Owls on their home court since a 76-74 win on Jan. 13, 1996.

The Cougars enjoyed a 69-60 win against the Owls on Jan. 23, 2008 in a game that Rice hosted. However, that contest was played at Reliant Stadium.

Rice enters this weekend's game after a 69-66 win at Conference USA-rival UCF on Wednesday. That win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Owls.

Against the Knights, guard Rodney Foster led the Owls with 22 points - including six 3-pointers - and seven assists, while center Trey Stanton added 14 points and six rebounds. Guard Connor Frizzelle added 13 points and three treys in the win.

Foster leads the Owls with 12.4 points and 4.5 assists per game, while Stanton is tops with 5.0 rebounds per game.

Now in his first year at Rice, head coach Ben Braun is in his 32nd season as a collegiate head coach. He has posted a 561-407 (.580) all-time record during his career and is 9-18 (.333) during his tenure at Rice. Braun is 2-2 against the Cougars.

The Cougars wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games during the final week of the regular season. UH plays host to No. 5/4 Memphis at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 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.

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.

Memphis Game
For Wednesday's game against Memphis, doors are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m., and UH students are encouraged to arrive early. Student guest tickets go on sale Monday morning in the Athletics Ticket Office. Students can purchase up to four guest tickets with their valid Cougar 1 ID.

Students get in free at the Cullen Street entrance with their valid Cougar 1 ID

In addition to student seating, plenty of good seats remain available for the Memphis game for only $20. Fans can order tickets on-line, 24 hours a day, seven days at week, at UHCougars.com, or by calling 713-GO-COOGS.

SMU Game
Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining March 7 game against Conference USA-rival SMU on March 7. For more information, please call the Marketing Office at 713-743-9453.



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