Men's Basketball Finds New Home at NCAA Tournament this Weekend

March 15, 2010


HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team will have a new broadcast home during its appearance at the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

The Cougars' first-round matchup on Friday can be heard live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH. Houston faces No. 4 seed and 19th-ranked Maryland around 8:40 p.m. (CDT), Friday during the NCAA Tournament First Round of the Midwest Region at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash.

To reach the widest audience, the game was moved on Monday afternoon from SportsTalk 790 AM, the usual home of Houston Cougars Athletics.

In addition, KTRH sports report and SportsTalk 790 host Matt Thomas will be in Spokane with the team and broadcast his daily show from there Wednesday through Friday. Thomas can be heard live in Houston from noon to 3 p.m., each weekday on SportsTalk 790 AM.

No doubt, the Cougars and their exciting run to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992 will be a popular subject this week.

Houston (19-15) recently earned the program's 19th NCAA Tournament appearance by winning four games in four days at the C-USA Championship in Tulsa, Okla. The Cougars capped their stay with a come-from-behind 81-73 win against No. 1 seed and 21st-ranked UTEP in the title game Saturday.

Senior guard Aubrey Coleman leads the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game. The Houston native earned All-Conference USA First-Team honors for the second straight season and was named to the GMC Sierra C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team.



Senior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team with 15.3 points per game but was honored as the GMC Sierra C-USA Championship Most Valuable Player after scoring a season-high 28 points, including a championship game record six 3-pointers.

Junior forward Maurice McNeil leads the Cougars and ranks eighth in the league with 7.4 rebounds per game, while sophomore point guard Desmond Wade stands third in C-USA with 4.9 assists per contest.

Ticket sales began Monday morning. First- and second-round locations guarantee only 350 tickets per team. Detailed information about who may order tickets at a specific time is available by visiting the Tournament Central page at UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets link in the upper right corner.

Tickets will be available for the first-round game only. If the Cougars advance to the second round, all accounts with first-round tickets will automatically be charged for second-round tickets, and those tickets can be picked up during published will call hours.

Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office in person or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647). There will be no online ticket sales for this event.

Physical tickets and seat locations will not be available at the time of purchase. Tickets will be allocated and distributed in Spokane. Fans who place an order will be contacted with Will Call times at the arena and at the team hotel if available. Tickets must be picked up by the ticket purchaser of record during the published will call locations/time at the game site.

Student tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m., Tuesday. Coog Crew members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets exclusively from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center.

If student tickets remain at noon, any currently enrolled main-campus student will be able to purchase tickets in person at the same location. Students will be limited to one ticket per person and must have their Cougar Card ID with them to purchase.

The student who purchased the ticket must have their Cougar Card ID with them and must be present to claim their ticket during the published will call locations/times at the game site.

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