Dec. 22, 2009
TCU HORNED FROGS (6-5 0-0 MWC) at HOUSTON COUGARS (6-3 0-0 C-USA)
Dec. 23, 2009 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 7 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP
INTERNET VIDEO: live video broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker stats
Conference USA Notebook
HOUSTON - Fresh off a dominating win, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to TCU inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (6-3) enter Wednesday's game on the heels of an 81-58 win against The Citadel on Monday night. In that game, senior guard Aubrey Coleman scored a game-high 26 points with 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double and his third this season.
Coleman, who enters the game as the nation's leading scorer with 26.8 points per contest, also tops the country with 3.6 steals per game and leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second among the Cougars with 18.1 points per game and ranks among the nation's best with 4.1 3-pointers per game and a 48.7 percentage from behind the arc.
Junior forward Maurice McNeil led all players with a career-best 16 rebounds against the Citadel and ranks second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per contest. With nine points against The Citadel, the New York native fell just one point shy of recording his second double-double of the year.
Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade tops the Cougars with 5.7 assists per game and ranks fourth nationally in assist-turnover ratio.
With the holiday season nearly here, the Athletics Department is offering $5 general admission tickets for Wednesday's game against TCU. Fans can purchase these specially price general admission tickets at the Athletics Ticket Office and at the ticket windows at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.
Fans can hear Wednesday'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 can follow live stats from Monday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
TCU enters Wednesday's game with a 6-5 overall record following its 89-62 win against St. Gregory's (Okla.) on Sunday. In that game, the Horned Frogs shot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field as a team with Edvinas Ruzgas' 32 points on 11-of-13 shooting, including seven 3-pointers, leading the way. Zvonko Buljan added 11 points, while Garlon Green came off the bench to post 10 points in the win.
Ronnie Moss, Ruzgas and Buljan lead the Horned Frogs with 15.5 points per game apiece. Buljan also tops TCU with 9.6 rebounds per contest, while Moss leads the way with 7.2 assists per game.
Head coach Jim Christian is in his second season at TCU, posting a 20-22 (.476) record during that time. In more than six years as a head coach, he also has assembled an 158-83 (.656) career mark. Christian served at Kent State from 2002 to 2008.
Wednesday's game will be Christian's first game against the Cougars.
SERIES HISTORY vs. TCU
For the first time since 2005, the Cougars meet TCU on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 46-23 lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 10, 1955, and was played at least twice every season from the 1976-77 campaign to the 1995-96 season when both teams competed in the Southwest Conference.
The Cougars can boast of the most recent success after taking a 69-57 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 19, 2005. That win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Horned Frogs.
With 69 games played in the series, TCU is tied with Rice as the Cougars' most common opponent. Only the Texas A&M series with 83 games ranks higher.
The Cougars own a 25-6 (.806) record on their home court against TCU. Houston has won four of its last five home games against TCU with only a 55-54 setback on Jan. 13, 2004, preventing a longer winning streak.