Men's Basketball to Honor Thibodeaux on Senior Night
Feb. 27, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Darian Thibodeaux will be honored prior to the Cougars' Conference USA showdown against Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Thibodeaux joined the Cougars out of Navarro Junior College for the 2010-11 season. In his first year with the Cougars, he was the only student-athlete to start all 30 games and connected on 44.0 percent of his 3-point shots, the second-highest mark in school single-season history.
This season, he has competed in all games to date with 22 starts. The Dallas native scored a season-high 14 points with four 3-pointers in the Cougars' home win vs. UTSA in late December and is poised to receive his bachelor's degree in sociology in December.
Thibodeaux and his Cougar teammates enter their regular-season home finale following a 62-59 win against league-rival SMU on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Against the Mustangs, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young scored a career-high 27 points and equaled another personal best with four 3-pointers.
For that impressive performance, the Houston native and Yates High product was honored as the league's Freshman of the Week, a first in his career.
This season, junior guard Jonathon Simmons continues to lead the Cougars with 14.7 points per game and ranks among the league's top-10 individual leaders with that total.
Sophomore forward Alandise Harris ranks second on the team with 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas leads the team with 8.1 rebounds per game and ranks among the C-USA top-10 individual leaders in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks per game.
Thomas, Young and freshman point guard J.J. Thompson have been key parts in each of the Cougars' last four starting lineups. Entering the 2011-12 season, only one previous game in Cougar history featured a Houston starting lineup with three freshmen among it.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can hear the audio stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking here. A charge is required to hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.
A CURIOUS DATE
Leap years only happen once every four years, and the Cougars play on Feb. 29 even more rarely.
Wednesday's game will be only the fourth time in school history that the Cougars will play on Feb. 29. The Cougars have not played on the extra day in February since a 79-69 win against Texas A&M in 1992.
Houston is 3-0 all-time when playing on Feb. 29 with double-digit victories in each of those contests. Ironically, all three of those games have been home games and against conference opponents.
The Cougars enjoyed an 80-65 win against former Southwest Conference rival Baylor in 1984 and claimed an 89-70 win against former Missouri Valley Conference rival Drake in 1960.
Tulane owns a 15-13 overall record and is tied for 10th with East Carolina and SMU in Conference USA with a 3-11 mark. The Green Wave is 2-9 on the road this season and 3-9 away from New Orleans.
In its most recent action, Tulane dropped at 73-69 decision to Tulsa at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans. Against the Golden Hurricane, guard Ricky Tarrant led the Green Wave with 21 points, while guard Jordan Callahan added 16 points. Forward Josh Davis finished with a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
This season, Tarrant leads four Green Wave players in double digits with 15.7 points and 3.2 assists per game. Kendall Timmons ranks second on the team with 13.6 points per contest but has missed the second half of the season with an Achilles tendon injury. Callahan stands third with 12.0 points per game, while Davis ranks fourth with 10.6 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game.
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his 10th year overall and his second season at Tulane. He has compiled a 118-163 career record and a 28-30 record with the Green Wave.
SERIES HISTORY vs. TULANE
This is the 16th straight season the two teams have met on the hardwood. It also will be the second of two regular-season meetings. Tulane enjoyed a 75-54 in New Orleans on Feb. 4.
Tulane has posted a 14-13 record in the all-time series, which began in December 1946. The series has been played at least once every season since the 1996-97 campaign when Houston joined Conference USA.
The Cougars have posted an 8-3 all-time record against Tulane in Hofheinz Pavilion and won their last three home encounters. Tulane has not won in Hofheinz Pavilion since a 63-61 win on Jan. 26, 2005.
The Cougars close out the regular season when they face Rice at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston. That game also will be the second regular-season meeting between the Cougars and the Owls. Rice enjoyed a 79-71 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 8.