March 5, 2010
HOUSTON COUGARS (15-14 7-8 C-USA) at TULANE GREEN WAVE (7-21 2-13 C-USA)
March 6, 2010 Fogelman Arena (3,600) New Orleans, La. 7 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
INTERNET AUDIO: live audio broadcast
TELEVISION: CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613/Dish Network channel 152) Roger Twibell, PxP; Steve Lappas, analyst
LIVE STATS: GameTracker
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up the 2009-10 regular season this weekend when it meets Conference USA-rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Fogelman Arena.
The Cougars (15-14 7-8 C-USA) enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a 78-70 win against league-foe Rice on Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Although the Cougars squandered a 14-point second-half lead, the team rallied impressively during the final five minutes to rattle off 10 unanswered points and claim their eighth straight win against the Owls.
With the program celebrating Senior Night, it was only fitting that the Cougars' senior statesmen led the team in scoring against the Owls. Senior guard Aubrey Coleman - who has led the nation in scoring for most of the campaign - led all players with 18 points and tied for team-high honors with nine rebounds, while senior guard Kelvin Lewis chipped in with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
This season, Coleman paces the team, league and country with 25.6 points per game, while Lewis ranks second with 15.1 points and a C-USA best 3.1 3-pointers per game. Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade is tops with 5.0 assists per contest.
CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE
With the final game of the regular season here, the picture is clearing up on the seeding for the GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship, hosted for the first time by Tulsa at the BOK Center on March 10-13. The Cougars can rise no higher than the No. 6 seed and can be no lower than the No. 8 seed but could fall anywhere in between.
Entering this weekend's contest, the Cougars are in a tie for sixth place with SMU and Southern Miss in the latest league standings. Southern Miss meets East Carolina at 6 p.m. (CST), Saturday, in Greenville, N.C., while SMU hosts Marshall at 7 p.m., Saturday, in Dallas.
USM holds the tiebreaker against the Cougars based on its head-to-head win earlier this season. The Cougars split the regular-season series against SMU but hold the tiebreaker against the Mustangs based on their performances against No. 1 seed UTEP. The Cougars went 1-1 against the Miners, while SMU lost twice against the Miners this season.
While they do not know who or when they will play first, the Cougars do know that they will play Wednesday, the first day of the postseason event. Houston's seeding, opponent and game time will be finalized with the completion of the regular season this weekend.
Fans and media should stay tuned to UHCougars.com for the latest information.
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Fans also can watch the Cougars live on CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613/Dish Network channel 152) with Roger Twibell calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas providing analysis.
Saturday's game will be the 14th time this season that the Cougars have competed on television.
Fans can follow live stats at UHCougars.com by clicking the GameTracker link.
Tulane (7-21 2-13 C-USA) looks to snap a seven-game losing streak when they meet the Cougars in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday night. The Green Wave, which has lost 11 of it last 12 games, has posted a 4-10 (.286) record at Fogelman Arena this season with losses in each of their last five home games.
In their most recent action, the Green Wave dropped a 66-57 decision at Southern Miss on Tuesday night. Against the Golden Eagles, guard Jordan Callahan led the Green Wave with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, on 4-of-6 shooting, while forward Kendall Timmons and guard Kris Richard each added 10 points.
Kevin Sims posted nine points with six assists and three steals, while Johnny Mayhane came off the bench to grab a team-high five rebounds.
This season, Richards tops the team with 12.1 points per game, while Sims ranks seconds with 11.6 points per contest. Asim McQueen leads the way with 4.4 rebounds per game, and Sims paces the Green Wave with 3.1 assists per game.
Dave Dickerson is in his fifth season at the helm of the Tulane bench, posting a 67-83 (.447) career record during that time. Dickerson is 0-4 during his career against the Cougars.
SERIES HISTORY vs. TULANE
For the 14th consecutive season, the Cougars will face Tulane on the hardwood. Following last season's 83-64 win in Houston, the Cougars lead the series 12-11 (.522). Houston has played the Green Wave at least once every year since the 1996-97 season when both teams began competing as members of Conference USA.
Houston brings a four-game winning streak against Tulane into this weekend's contest... and those games have not been close with the Cougars winning by an average of 13.0 points per game. The Cougars have not lost to the Green Wave since a 63-61 setback in Houston on Jan. 26, 2005.
Tulane has posted a 6-4 (.600) all-time record against the Cougars in New Orleans. However, Houston can boast of the most recent success after a 66-56 win there on Feb. 9, 2008. The Cougars have won their last two road contests at Tulane. That winning streak snapped a two-game losing streak in the Big Easy.
The radio show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays for the remainder of the season. The next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders will broadcast live on Thursday, March 4, from Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill (6225 Washington, 77077).
The show can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com and will be hosted by the "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Franklin.
Fans are invited to join Penders and Franklin at the selected restaurant each week as the duo discusses recent Cougar Basketball action and upcoming games, college basketball, the world of sports and much more.
Fans also can click the "Ask Coach Penders" button on the main page at UHCougars.com to submit a question that could be asked on the show.
The location, date and time for the final broadcast will be announced at a later date as the Cougars compete at the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship in Tulsa, Okla., beginning March 10.
The Cougars open play at the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship on Wednesday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Houston's first-round seeding, opponent and game time will be announced after the standings are finalized this weekend.
Fans and media members should stay tuned to UHCougars.com for the Cougars' latest C-USA postseason plans.