Men's Basketball Set to Face Tulane on Wednesday in New Orleans

Feb. 28, 2011

HOUSTON COUGARS (12-15 • 4-10 C-USA)
at TULANE GREEN WAVE (12-15 • 2-12 C-USA)
 Time  7 p.m. • Wednesday, March 2, 2011
 Location  Fogelman Arena (3,600) • New Orleans, La.
 Series History  Houston leads 13-12
 Last Time  Houston won 79-68 • Feb. 12, 2011
 Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • Sports Talk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Houston men's basketball team begins the final week of the regular season when it travels east on Interstate 10 to meet Conference USA-rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

The Cougars look to return to their winning ways and sweep the regular-season series against the Green Wave. Houston enjoyed a 79-68 win against the Green Wave inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 12.

Houston enters this week's game on the heels of a 68-55 loss to C-USA leader UAB at Hofheinz Pavilion last weekend. Against the Blazers, senior forward Maurice McNeil posted 14 points with six rebounds, while sophomore forward Kendrick Washington came off the bench to post 13 points with a team-high eight rebounds.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon added 11 points and connected on all four free throw attempts. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has hit 25 of his last 26 free throw attempts and leads the team and the league with a 92.3 percentage.

This season, senior forward Maurice McNeil leads the Cougars with 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The New York native ranks among the C-USA top-20 individual leaders in both categories.

Nixon ranks among the league's top-five leaders in five categories, including assists, steals and assist-turnover ratio.

Wednesday'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 6:45 p.m.

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

Tulane has posted a 12-15 overall record this season and is 2-12 in C-USA games. The Green Wave stands 12th in the latest league standings.

Entering Wednesday's game, Tulane will be looking to snap a 12-game losing streak. The Green Wave has not won since a 79-70 home win against SMU on Jan. 8.

Tulane has posted an 8-6 (.571) record at home this season and is 1-6 (.143) in C-USA home games.

In its most recent action, Tulane dropped a 66-59 decision at Tulsa on Saturday. Against the Golden Hurricane, guard Kendall Timmons led all players with 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers and a team-high 10 rebounds. Guard Jordan Callahan added 15 points, while forward Johnny Mayhane scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting with three treys.

This season, Timmons leads Tulane with 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Callahan ranks second with 13.8 points per game but paces the team with 3.9 assists per contest. Kris Richard stands third on the team with 11.4 points per game.

Head coach Ed Conroy has posted a 12-15 (.444) record during his first season at Tulane. Conroy is 102-148 (.408) in eight seasons as a head coach.

Conroy is 0-2 against the Cougars during his career, 0-1 during his Tulane tenure. He previously served as head coach at The Citadel (2006-10) and Francis Marion (1997-00).

This marks the 15th straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood. Houston has posted a 13-12 (.520) lead in the all-time series, which began in December 1946 but has been played at least once every season since 1996-97.

The Cougars claimed a 79-68 win on Feb. 12 in Hofheinz Pavilion in the most recent action.

Houston is 4-7 (.364) all-time against the Green Wave in New Orleans. The Cougars have won two of the last three games in New Orleans, but Tulane enjoyed the most recent success after a 79-76 win on March 6, 2010.

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.

From there Houston returns home to play host to crosstown rival Rice at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In ceremonies prior to the game, the Cougars will pay tribute to their 2011 senior class.

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

Only one regular-season home game remains on the schedule, and fans can purchase their tickets now. The Cougars play host to crosstown rival Rice at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In ceremonies prior to the game, the Cougars will pay tribute to their 2011 senior class.

That game will be part of a doubleheader with C-USA champion Houston women's basketball team, which meets Tulane at 2 p.m., Saturday.

With the purchase of a men's ticket to the Rice game, fans will receive free admission to the women's game. For only $15, fans can buy a ticket to both games. Tickets for the women's game only start as low as $8.

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.



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