Men's Basketball to Face Rice at 3 p.m., Saturday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse
Feb. 27, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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