Nov. 10, 2010
NICHOLLS STATE COLONELS (0-0 0-0 SLC) at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 0-0 C-USA)
Nov. 12, 2010 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 7 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM KBME Tom Franklin, PxP
Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
AUDIO STREAMING: Live Audio
LIVE STATS: GameTracker
HOUSTON - A new chapter in a storied tradition officially tips off this weekend when the University of Houston men's basketball team meets Nicholls State at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Under the leadership of head coach James Dickey, the Cougars begin their 66th season of intercollegiate basketball. A year ago, Houston won four games in as many days to seize the GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades.
Senior forward Maurice McNeil averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 points per game a year ago and will be expected to be a leader for the Cougars, both on the court and off this season. Senior guards Zamal Nixon and Adam Brown were two of the five Cougars to score 20 points or more in a game a year ago.
Hired in early April, Dickey and his staff worked quickly to sign an impressive recruiting class. The Cougars welcome junior transfer guard Trumaine Johnson (San Diego), junior college transfer Darian Thibodeaux and freshmen Alandise Harris (Little Rock, Ark., Central High), Mikhail McLean (Houston, Second Baptist High) and Joseph Young (Houston, Yates High) to the program this season.
Friday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
Fans can purchase men's basketball season tickets now. General admission season tickets sell for only $135, while reserved season tickets can be purchased for only $195.
Fans also can buy the Family Fun Plan, which includes two adult and two youth general admission season tickets, for only $299. Additional youth season tickets can be purchased for only $75 each in the Plan.
Fans can choose from a variety of different ticket packages, including the Weekend Package (8 weekend home games) and the Conference USA Package (8 C-USA home games).
Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball season 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 link at UHCougars.com to buy season tickets today.
LAST TIME OUT
The Cougars enter the season opener following a 71-68 win against Abilene Christian on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion. Junior guard Trumaine Johnson's baseline jumper with less than 50 seconds remaining broke a tie and gave the Cougars the lead for good.
McNeil and Harris each paced the Cougars with 17 points, while Thibodeaux added a game-high 11 rebounds. Johnson led all players with seven assists, and senior guard Brown posted 12 points in the win.
ABOUT NICHOLLS STATE
Nicholls State enters this weekend's game on the heels of a 72-60 win against Mobile in Thibodaux, La., on Nov. 4. Junior forward Anatoly Bose led all players with 31 points, including four 3-pointers, while sophomore guard Fred Hunter added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
For the second straight season, Nicholls State was picked among the preseason favorites in the Southland Conference. The Colonels were picked as the favorite in the SLC East Division by the league's head coaches and were tabbed to finish second by the league's sports information directors.
Bose was an automatic selection to the Preseason All-Southland Conference Team.
SERIES HISTORY vs. NICHOLLS STATE
This marks the second straight season that the Cougars will open the season against Nicholls State. A year ago, the Cougars enjoyed a 92-60 win against the Colonels in Hofheinz Pavilion behind guard Aubrey Coleman's 33 points.
The Cougars are 1-0 in the all-time series against Nicholls State.
Following Friday's game, the Cougars meet Alcorn State at 2 p.m., Sunday. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Cougar women's team, which meets UT Arlington at 5 p.m., Sunday.
From there, the team competes in its first road action of the season. The Cougars travel to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17.