March 2, 2009
#5 (AP)/#3 (ESPN/USA Today Coaches') MEMPHIS TIGERS (26-3 14-0 C-USA) at HOUSTON COUGARS (18-9 9-5 C-USA)
March 4, 2009 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 7 p.m. (CST)
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson, analyst
TELEVISION: CBS College Sports Carter Blackburn, PXP; Pete Gillen, analyst (DirecTV ch. 613/Dish Network ch. 152)
INTERNET AUDIO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker at UHCougars.com
Houston Notes vs. Memphis (March 4, 2009) in PDF Format
Memphis Notes vs. Houston (March 4, 2009) in PDF Format
Conference USA Notebook (March 4, 2009) in PDF Format
HOUSTON - Winners of six of its last eight games, the University of Houston men's basketball team begins its final week of the regular season with a showdown against one of the nation's top squads.
The Cougars (18-9, 9-5 C-USA) play host to No. 5/3 Memphis at 7 p.m., Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the second meeting between the teams during the regular season after the Tigers claimed an 83-68 win on Jan. 31 in Memphis, Tenn.
UH stands in sole possession of fourth place in the latest league standings with only two games remaining in the regular season. The top-four teams in the final standings earn a first-round bye to the 2009 C-USA Championship, scheduled for March 11-14 at Memphis' FedExForum.
The Cougars have earned a first-round bye during each of the last three seasons.
Junior guard Aubrey Coleman leads the Cougars this season with 19.7 points and ranks second with 7.9 rebounds per contest. He is the only player in the league to rank among the top-four leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
The Houston native was honored Monday as the league's Rookie of the Week, the fifth time he earned that honor and the seventh C-USA weekly award this season.
Junior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team and fourth in the league with 18.2 points per game, making the Cougars the only team to have two of the league's top-four individual scorers. Playing an average of 36.3 minutes, the Fort Worth native leads Conference USA and has played in each of the last 57 games, the longest streak among current UH players.
Reserved seating for only $20 for the Memphis game can be purchased on-line at UHCougars.com, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 713-GO-COOGS during regular business hours Monday through Friday.
For UH students, 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.
Doors to Hofheinz Pavilion open at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, and students are encouraged to arrive early.
RADIO / TV INFORMATION
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 and Willis Wilson providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.
In addition, Wednesday's game can be seen live on CBS College Sports (DirecTV ch. 613/Dish Network ch. 152) with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action and Pete Gillen providing analysis.
Fans can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
Fans will want to stay near the court at halftime for a sure-to-be exciting game of Mascot Basketball.
In addition to UH mascots Shasta and Sasha, the game will feature mascots in full costume from James Coney Island, the U.S. Army, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Wilma the Bulldog (mascot of Waller High School), Chili from the Houston Aeros, Junction Jack from the Houston Astros and Sharky the Shark from the Downtown Aquarium.
For the 15th consecutive season, the Cougars have met Memphis on the hardwood. The Tigers own a 21-10 (.677) lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 8, 1956, and has been played at least once every season since the 1994-95 campaign.
Memphis is one of only three current Conference USA teams (UAB and UTEP) that can boast a winning all-time record against the Cougars.
The Tigers bring an eight-game winning streak against the Cougars into Wednesday's game. UH has not defeated the Tigers since a 66-53 decision on Feb. 5, 2005, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars have posted a 4-8 (.333) all-time record against Memphis inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Tigers have won six of the last seven games in Houston against the Cougars. Only a 66-53 win on Feb. 5, 2005, prevents a longer Memphis winning streak.
Winners of its last 20 games - the nation's longest streak - No. 5/3 Memphis enters this week's game after a 58-42 home win against Conference USA-rival Southern Miss. In that game, forward Robert Dozier led the Tigers with 18 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Tyreke Evans added 14 points and six boards.
With a perfect 14-0 C-USA record to date, the Tigers already have clinched the C-USA regular-season championship. This season Evans leads four Tigers averaging double digits in points with 16.7 points per game.
Dozier ranks second with 12.7 points per game but leads the Tigers with 6.8 boards per contest, while guard Antonio Anderson is tops with 4.1 assists per game.
Head coach John Calipari is now in his ninth season at Memphis, posting a 245-68 (.783) record during that time. Calipari is in his 17th season overall as a head coach and has tallied a 438-139 (.759) all-time record. He is 14-3 (.824) all-time against the Cougars.
NEXT GAME FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m., Saturday, 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.
Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for this game. For more information, please call the Marketing Office at 713-743-9453.